MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin, who has made the assertion of Russia’s role in the world a cornerstone of his rule, hailed on Wednesday the successful test of two new nuclear missiles as holiday fireworks.
On Tuesday, a submarine in the Barents Sea fired a Sineva RSM-54 missile at a test site in the far east. A few hours later, an RS-24 ballistic missile was launched from the northern Plesetsk cosmodrome.
A relaxed and smiling Putin called the successful missile tests “pleasant and spectacular holiday fireworks”, in televised remarks with Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
The two rockets will replace ageing Soviet-built strategic nuclear missiles. Russian generals say the new rockets can outperform any missile defense system.
Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Stephen Weeks
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