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Vladimir Putin warns that ‘Satan-2’ nuclear missiles could be deployed in months

Written by Javed Iqbal

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted this week that Moscow’s latest nuclear missile, called “Satan-2” by NATO, could be ready for deployment by the end of the year.

The Kremlin’s strongman issued the warning while speaking to candidates from Russia’s military academies on Wednesday.

Putin boasted that the 14-story intercontinental ballistic missiles, officially known in Russia as the “RS-28 Sarmat”, have no competition in the world.

“The heavy intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat was successfully tested,” the president told the candidates in Moscow. “It is planned that by the end of this year, the first such complex will be put into combat service.”

Russia announced the first test launch of Satan-2 in April and a month later, Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s state space agency, Roscosmossaid the nation’s arsenal will soon include 50 of the new missiles.

“I suggest the aggressors speak more politely to us,” Rogozin remarked darkly at the time.

Satan-2 was first introduced in 2018 and can carry 10 or more nuclear warheads and decoy heads and has an estimated range between 6,200 and 11,800 miles, which would allow the Kremlin to hit targets anywhere on the planet.

Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow on Wednesday.
Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow on Wednesday.
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Putin warned that the missiles have no competition in the world.
Putin warned that the missiles have no competition in the world.
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In May became The Kremlin threatened to launch Satan-2 missiles to attack Finland, Britain and the United States after Finnish President Sauli Niinisto signaled his country’s intention to join NATO.

“If Finland wants to join this bloc, then our goal is absolutely legitimate – to question the existence of this state. It is logical,” said Aleksey Zhuravlyov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliamentary defense committee.

“If the United States threatens our state, it’s good: here’s Sarmat [Satan-2 missile] for you, and an atomic mask will come from you if you think Russia should not exist, “he added.” And Finland says it is one with the United States. Well, get in line. “

In his speech to military school candidates, Putin said his administration was committed to modernizing and strengthening Russia’s armed forces amid “potential military threats and risks.”

Russian RS-24 Yars ballistic missiles roll during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on 9 May.
Russian RS-24 Yars ballistic missiles roll during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on 9 May.
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“Among the priority areas is to equip the troops with new weapon systems that will determine the combat effectiveness of the Army and Navy in the coming years and decades,” he said.

Putin also praised Russian soldiers and officers who took part in what in Russia is known as a “special military operation” in Ukraine, claiming that they behaved “bravely, professionally, like real heroes.”

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