Putin says new ballistic missile will make enemies ‘think twice’

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia has successfully tested the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, saying the next generation capable of carrying nuclear charges will make Kremlin’s enemies “think twice.”

“I congratulate you on the successful launch of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile,” Putin tells the army in televised remarks.

Russia’s new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile blasts off during a test launch from an undisclosed location in Russia, March 1, 2018. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)

“This truly unique weapon will strengthen the combat potential of our armed forces, reliably ensure the security of Russia from external threats and make those who, in the heat of aggressive rhetoric, try to threaten our country, think twice.”

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