Kremlin Says It Is Winning Arms Race Against U.S. Despite Rocket Explosion

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Kirill Zykov / Moskva News Agency

The Kremlin boasted Tuesday it was winning the race to develop new cutting edge nuclear weapons despite a mysterious rocket accident last week in northern Russia that caused a temporary spike in radiation levels.

Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear agency, has said that the Aug. 8 accident occurred during a rocket test on a sea platform in the White Sea, killing at least five and injuring three more.

It has pledged to keep developing new weapons regardless, portraying the men who died in the test as heroes.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Monday the United States was “learning much” from the explosion which he suggested happened during the testing of a nuclear-powered cruise missile vaunted by President Vladimir Putin last year.

Russia, which has said the missile will have an “unlimited range” and be able to overcome any defences, calls the missile the 9M730 Burevestnik (Storm Petrel). The NATO alliance has designated it the SSC-X-9 Skyfall.

Trump said on Twitter that the United States had “similar, though more advanced, technology” and said Russians were worried about the air quality around the facility and far beyond, a situation he described as “Not good!”

But when asked about his comments Tuesday, the Kremlin said it, not the United States, was out in front when it came to developing new nuclear weapons.

“Our president has repeatedly said that Russian engineering in this sector significantly outstrips the level that other countries have managed to reach for the moment, and it is fairly unique,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Putin used his state-of-the nation speech in 2018 to unveil what he described as a raft of invincible new nuclear weapons, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile, an underwater nuclear-powered drone, and a laser weapon.

Tensions between Moscow and Washington over arms control have been exacerbated by the demise this month of a landmark nuclear treaty. Russia says it is also concerned that another landmark arms control treaty will soon expire.

In a sign of how serious the situation in the accident area remains, Russian authorities have advised residents of the nearby village of Nyonoksa to leave while clear-up work is being carried out, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday, citing local officials.

Russia’s state weather service also said Tuesday that radiation levels in the nearby city of Severodvinsk had spiked by up to 16 times last Thursday, while medics who treated victims of the accident have been sent to Moscow for a medical examination, the TASS news agency reported.

It said the medics had signed non-disclosure agreements about the nature of the accident.

(c) Moscow Times 2019


  1. Real power is economic power.
    The American economy is deep, wide and incredibly resilient. With the Trump administration having taken the gloves off, the sky really is the limit in terms of growth. Neither Russia nor China will be able to keep up. Mr. Putin’s Russia needs to shackle the U.S. through arms deals to avoid the fate of the Soviet Union.
    They have no idea of the United States capabilities.

  2. I had always thought the Ivans knew most about Nuclear shit and how to handle it.

    Then we had Chernobyl, ‘Everythings Fine.’ ‘Well not so good,’ Then, ‘Actually its totally fucked up.’

    Now we have Severodvinsk. ‘Slight accident, a bit of radiation, everyone stay indoors for the night, toorrow will be fine.’ Now its ‘Fuck me, got the fuck out of here, or we’ll all die’

    When will these thick fuckers learn they don’t have the ability to piss about with nuclear shit.

    As for invincible new weapons, with the reliance upon speed, any enemy will have to act very quickly to destroy them before they crash or sink.

    USSR and Russia – Irradiating your World since 1943. You’re welcome.

  3. Well, if this is leading the arms race, carry on as you are! We won’t need to spend a nickel outside hot air on the news just to worry the crazy Ivans. Mordor is facked up. The tortise thinking it is winning the race.

  4. Russia’s invincible weapons will remain as useless as the cgi nukes Putin was bragging about. You don’t threaten to nuke Florida, and expect to get away with it. The Russian bear is about to get mauled by the eagle.

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