MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian state television has transferred US military assets to Moscow in the event of a nuclear strike, and stated that a developing hypersonic missile could hit them less than half a million dollars. minutes
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino in the Kremlin, Moscow, February 20, 2019. Yuri Kadbonov / Pool via REUTERS
Goals included the Pentagon and the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland.
The report, unusual, even for sometimes violent standards of Russian state television, was broadcast on Sunday evening after President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow was ready for a Cuban missile crisis if the United States wanted it.
With increasing tensions due to Russia's fears that the United States could deploy mid-range nuclear missiles in Europe as a treaty to control the Cold War, Putin said that Russia would be forced to respond by placing hypersonic nuclear missiles on submarines near US waters .
The United States declares that they have no immediate plans for the deployment of such missiles in Europe and rejected Putin's warning as unimaginable propaganda. It currently has no medium-range ground-based nuclear missiles that it can deploy in Europe.
However, his decision to withdraw from the 1987 Middle Ages (INF) Treaty on the alleged violation of Russia, which Moscow denied, freed him from the beginning of the development and deployment of such missiles.
Putin said that Russia does not want a new arms race, but also gained its military rhetoric.
Some analysts saw his approach as a tactic to try to restore the United States in the negotiations on a strategic balance between the two states, as Moscow has long sought, with different results.
In the evening Sunday broadcast, Dmitry Kyselyov, the lead of Russia's main weekly television show, "Witness the Week," showed the map of the United States and identified several goals that he would like to get in the event of a nuclear war. The goals that Kiselev called the US Presidential or Military Command Centers also included Fort Richie, Maryland Military Training Center, closed in 1998, McClellan, US Air Force Base in California, closed in 2001, and Jim Creek, Naval Communications base in Washington state.
Kiselyov, close to the Kremlin, said that Russia's development of a hypercycle "Circus" ("Zircon") could hit the target in less than half an hour if they were launched from Russian submarines. Hypersonic flight, as a rule, is understood as movement through the atmosphere more than at a rate faster than sound.
"Now, we are not threatening anyone, but if such a deployment happens, our answer will be instantaneous," he said.
Kiselyov is one of the main channels of the highly anti-American tone of state television, once said that Moscow can turn the United States into a radioactive ash.
On request to comment on Kiselev's report, the Kremlin said on Monday that it did not interfere with the editorial policy of state television.
Additional Report by Tom Balmfort; Editing Kevin Liffey