MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions running high over its military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region.
A U.S. official said the United States had received proper notification from Russia ahead of the test and that the initial notification pre-dated the crisis in Crimea. The Russian Defence Ministry could not be reached for comment. Continue reading
As Washington and the Europeans – and especially the UK – continue to decry Russian military aggression, the US and Russians have quietly entered into intense negotiations on a compromise for resolving their dispute over Ukraine, debkafile’s Washington and Moscow sources report.
Moscow insists on keeping in place the military forces which took control of Crimea over the weekend, but is ready to discuss terms for restraining the Russian army from advancing into the Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine. Continue reading
Meanwhile, America continues its suicidal disarmament, and isn’t even bothering to replace older technology with newer, either. To the Russians, treaties and agreements are meant to be broken whereas in the West, they are meant to be honored. This the Russians realize, and this is how they make their gains. On the other side, America doesn’t even realize their way of thinking. Eventually the Russians will have first strike capability, leading to the possiblity of forcing America to capitulate.
A new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) called the Sarmat is being developed to supplant the RS-20B Voyevoda, the Interfax news agency quoted the commander of Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces, General Sergei Karakayev, as saying.
“We are counting on being armed with this qualitatively new missile system … by 2018-2020,” he was quoted as saying. Continue reading