WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- President Vladimir Putin warned that Russia would target the US if the Trump administration would deploy nuclear weapons in Europe.
- Several days after Putin’s warning, Russian state television has listed potential targets in America.
- The hit list included the Pentagon and the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland.
Russian state television has aired a list of US targets that Moscow would hit in the event of a nuclear strike. The Sunday evening broadcast revealed that a hypersonic missile the nation is developing would be able to strike the U.S. military facilities in “less than five minutes”.
The news report comes after Putin issued a warning that if the Trump administration brought US missiles to Europe, Russia would respond “by placing hypersonic nuclear missiles on submarines near US waters, where their targets would be in range.”
The warning is Putin’s response after Trump’s announcement that it will withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. The US president has also accused Russia of breaking the terms of the deal while Russia has its own accusation saying the US has been in “direct violation” of the agreement.
Putin approved the building of “hypersonic land-based missiles as well as a ground-based version of the Kalibr (also known as Caliber) sea-launched cruise missile” earlier this month.
“Every time Putin issues these bombastic threats and touts his new doomsday devices, he should know he only deepens NATO’s resolve to work together to ensure our collective security,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told Reuters.
Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia’s main weekly TV news show Vesti Nedeli, showed a map of the US in the Sunday broadcast and identified several targets which he described as US presidential or military command centers.
Aside from the Pentagon and Camp David, the targets also included Fort Ritchie, US Air Force base McClellan and naval communications base Jim Creek.
Kiselyov added that the “Tsirkon” (Zircon) hypersonic missile could hit the US targets in less than five minutes if launched from Russian submarines.
“For now, we’re not threatening anyone, but if such a deployment takes place, our response will be instant,” Kiselyov said.
Source: The Independent