Pentagon says Russian missile test no big threat

Russia’s test of a new nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile is not seen as threatening to the US and its allies, the Pentagon says.

Moscow “properly notified” Washington of the test following its obligations under the 2011 New START treaty, which placed limits on the two countries’ nuclear weapons, says Department of Defense Spokesman John Kirby.

“Testing is routine, and it was not a surprise,” Kirby tells reporters.

The Pentagon “has not deemed the test to be a threat to the United States or its allies,” he says.

“Of course, the department remains focused on Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine,” Kirby adds.

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