Russia is not a friend to the United States, no matter what rhetoric Democrats push about the nonexistent collusion between the former Soviet Union and President Donald Trump’s campaign. Now, with tensions as high as they have been since the Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin has tested a new nuclear missile that could cause unprecedented destruction if it were ever unleashed. Even its name is terrifying.
A new video released by the Russian defense ministry on Friday showed the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, named the “Satan 2” by NATO, being fired from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The video showed the ominous missile rising from the ground, seeming to briefly float on air, and then blasting off in an eruption of fire and smoke that sent it soaring in spectacular and frightening fashion. The missile is said, by Putin, to be impervious to the missile defenses of any nation, Fox News reported.
The video of the missile launch came just hours after Russia kicked out 60 United States diplomats and closed one of America’s consulates near St. Petersburg. That move was in retaliation for the United States decision to kick out 60 Russian diplomats after it determined that the Russians were behind the nerve gas attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in England on March 4.
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The decision to release the video also came about a week after President Trump spoke to Putin following his reelection victory. In that phone call, the American president warned Putin that he had just secured $700 million for defense and that “If you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I’ll win,” according to two officials who spoke to NBC News. It also came days after the United States Navy test fired its own ICBM from a submarine off the coast of Southern California.
The Russian president has said that the new missile is 220 tons and has a higher range than its predecessor, the “Satan” nuclear missile, which allows it to fly over both the North and South poles. He said that the missile also moves quicker than its predecessor making it invulnerable to enemy defenses.
“No one has listened to us. You listen to us now,” Putin said when he first unveiled the new missile in March. “You will have to assess that new reality and become convinced that what I said today isn’t a bluff,” he added. “It’s not a bluff, trust me,” he furthered.
“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful restrictions and sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: All what you wanted to impede with your policies has now happened,” Putin said at the time. “You have failed to contain Russia.”
Former President Barack Obama laughed at his opponent, Governor Mitt Romney, during the 2012 election campaign when Romney said that Russia was America’s greatest threat. No one is laughing now.