Putin’s hope for Sarmat missile launch from Plesetsk failed

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow, Russia February 21, 2023. (Sputnik/Sergei Savostyanov/Pool via REUTERS)

As Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced Russia suspending participation in the New START treaty, information appears that a long awaited test launch of the new Sarmat missile the day before was unsuccessful.

The Sarmat, nicknamed Satan II by NATO, is one of the new super missiles under development and highlighted by the leader in Kremlin in his intensified nuclear sable rattling since 2018.

Sarmat is Russia’s new generation silo-based ballistic missile and can carry multiple nuclear warheads allegedly capable of avoiding missile defence systems.

It is CNN, with US officials sources familiar with the matter, that reports about what is believed to be a failed test of the missile from the Plesetsk cosmodrome this Monday.

Plesetsk in the Arkhangelsk region. (Google Maps) / The Barents Observer

The February 20 launch was supposedly aimed to be a talking point in the dictator’s State of the Nation address on February 21. Putin said nothing about the test, but made clear that Russia suspends participation in the arms reduction treaty New START.

Earlier in February, the Barents Observer reported about Russia denying the United States its right to conduct on-site verifications under the treaty. The inspections are a bilateral arrangement between the US and Russia aimed at maintaining mutual trust about each others number of deployed nuclear warheads and missiles, including onboard the Northern Fleet submarines sailing out from the Kola Peninsula.

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Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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