Russian Federation conducts second test of ballistic missile

New weapons tested as part of Russian strategic missile forces drills

Defence of the Russian Federation

The missile, which was first test-fired in December 2017, was launched from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russian Federation.

The Voevoda missile, the world's heaviest ICBM, is known as "Satan" in the West, The Associated Press reported Friday.

President Vladimir Putin said during his annual speech in parliament earlier this month that Russian Federation had begun the active phase of Sarmat testing.

Russian Federation on Friday tested an intercontinental ballistic missile called the RS-28 Sarmat, which the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nicknamed "Satan 2", CNN reported. "He added that Sarmat also carries a bigger number of nuclear warheads, which are more powerful than the ones on Satan".

The launch of the Sarmat missile system at a spaceport in western Russian Federation on Friday comes as tensions between the nation and the West reach levels not seen since the Cold War.

Sputnik also reported that the Sarmat missile is "capable of striking targets both via the North and South Poles".

CNBC reports that Russia's military carried out the test of the Sarmat missile system at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a spaceport in western Russia, while Russian intelligence tweeted out a video of the successful test.

President Vladimir Putin boasted in his state-of-the-nation speech on March 1 that his missiles can't be intercepted and it would make NATO's missile defense "useless", the AP reported at the time. It comes just days after the United States tested its own ICBM off the coast of Southern California, and after Poland agreed to buy $4.7 billion of patriot missiles from America. Amid this chaos, Trump still congratulated Putin on his election win.

Despite the launch, the Kremlin says Putin is still keen to having a summit with President Trump.

Dozens of Russian diplomats were expelled this week from consulates in the USA and Britain, followed closely by the reciprocal closure of a US consulate in St. Petersberg.

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