RUSSIA has revealed the “successful” test of its new hypersonic and ballistic missiles in a fresh show of strength, according to the Moscow Defence ministry.
The strategic military displays, which took place last week, come at a time of heated tension with the West – as fears mount that they could be dragged into World War Three.
The ministry announced that the “unstoppable” Zircon weapon – which can travel at a deadly 6,670mph – had hit a target some 250 miles away in the White Sea.
It came as the state also revealed a video of an RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile being loaded into a silo in Kaluga, after a leading military leader boasted that Russia maintained the “most modernised arsenal in the world.”
But simultaneously, state TV launched an attack on Britain – accusing it of spearheading Western efforts to start World War 3 as it warned of the dangers of picking a fight with Russia and their newly acquired allies.
Earlier this month, Russia warned relations with the West are “almost at boiling point” as tensions surge over migrants at the Poland-Belarus border.
With Nato and Russian forces playing cat and mouse games, Putin said he would “simply destroy” any country that encroached on his country’s territory.
Recent days have seen US officials warn Russia may be plotting an invasion of Ukraine, with the Kremlin massing 100,000 troops on their border.
And Putin’s regime has been accused of stoking the unfolding migrant crisis between Belarus and Poland and even sent their own nuclear bomber jets into the area.
Belarus – dubbed Europe’s last dictatorship – has been accused of “weaponising” migration against the EU sparking a tense stand-off along their border with Poland with troops on both sides.
This comes after the European Union sanctioned Belarus following its brutal crackdown on anti-regime protestors following a disputed general election result.
But Russian TV insists that Britain and the West are no match for Vladimir Putin’s new hypersonic weapons, warning they are “not for decoration”.
Accusing “Europe of spurring on America,” Putin propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov blamed the west for stoking the fires – refuting claims that Russia intends to invade Ukraine.
“Russia has never hatched, is not hatching, and will never hatch any plans to attack anyone,
”Allegations that Russia is planning to attack anyone – and rebukes that it is behaving aggressively – are absolutely groundless and wrong,” he said.
“Russia has never hatched, is not hatching, and will never hatch any plans to attack anyone.”
He stressed” “Russia is a peaceful country, which is interested in good relations with its neighbours.”
Meanwhile, Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko vowed to join forces with Russia in the event of a new war in Europe.
“The West realises that if it triggers a conflict on the Russian border, Minsk will not stand aside,” he said.
“They understand perfectly well that if they once again start a war in the Donbass (eastern Ukraine) or somewhere else on the border with Russia, Belarus will not stand aside.
“And it’s clear whose side Belarus will take.
“They understand it, which is why they have begun to strengthen their northern border, the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, although there is no reason to do it at the moment.
He said: “I don’t have information about Russia’s plans to attack Ukraine, while if such plans existed, the Belarusian military, me included, would have been aware of them.”
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