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Putin announces successful test of nuclear-powered missile, warns to end policy on atomic bomb tests

It's a Burevestnik nuclear-powered global-range cruise missile which has been tested by Russia. The missile was codenamed as Skyfall by NATO, however, the Russian President didn't elaborate much about the atomic bomb.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: October 06, 2023 11:13 IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Image Source : PTI Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that they have tested a nuclear-powered cruise missile adding that Moscow may end the ratification that it won't indulge in testing weapons involving atomic bombs.

“We conducted the last successful test of the Burevestnik nuclear-powered global-range cruise missile,” Putin said without elaborating.

It's a Burevestnik missile (Storm Petrel) which has been tested by the Russian armed forces and was first mentioned by Putin in 2018.

Speaking on the possibility of revoking ban on atomic bomb tests, Putin said, "Theoretically, we may revoke the ratification."

It was in 1990 when Moscow tested its last nuclear weapon, before the collapse of the Soviet Union a year later and in 2000, it has put a global ban on tests involving atomic bombs.

Responding to whether it's required for Russia to revoke the ban, Putin said, "I'm not ready to say yet whether it's necessary for us to conduct tests or not."

Incidently, many Russian hawks have spoken in favour of resuming the tests but Puting said so far he has not made any opinion on the matter.

More to follow...

With inputs from PTI

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