Daily News Roundup – March 31, 2018

Russia releases video of new nuclear missiles – Says This Is Not a Bluff

The situation between Russia and the West is getting more tense daily.

After the US and Britain have expelled Russian diplomats from their countries, Russia retaliated and announced that all US diplomats will have to leave Russia as well.

Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was just unfairly re-elected, has announced and released a new video of the Sarmat ICBM missile that is supposedly able to hit any target in the world and can even fly over both the North and South Pole. NATO is referring to the ballistic missile as ‘Satan 2’. The ICBM is equipped with 10 nuclear warheads and weighs 220 tons. It is said to be mass-produced by 2020 and will be operational by 2021.

“No defense systems will be able to withstand it”, Putin brags. “You will have to assess that new reality and become convinced that what I said today isn’t a bluff,” Putin had said. “It’s not a bluff, trust me.” The test is also a direct answer to the US Navy’s missile tests earlier this month. However, Putin also directly violates its treaty obligations.

“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,” he said. “You have failed to contain Russia.”