From Fox News:
A new intercontinental ballistic missile hailed by Russian President Vladimir Putin as being able to fly over the North or South Poles and strike any target in the world reportedly was test-launched for the second time Friday.
Russia’s defense ministry released a video purportedly showing the Sarmat ICBM blasting off in spectacular fashion from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in its northern Arkhangelsk province, the move coming just hours after the Kremlin announced it would expel 60 American diplomats and close the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg in retaliation for U.S. measures taken in response to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.
The video shows the missile – dubbed “Satan 2” by NATO — rising out of the ground and seemingly floating in the air for a brief moment before more flames erupt, kicking up massive clouds of smoke and snow.
“No defense systems will be able to withstand it,” Putin said about the missile during his state-of-the-nation speech in early March.
Putin can boast all he wants. The fact remains that it is purely academic whether or not Russia’s new ICBM gives it nuclear weapons superiority over the United States. Putin knows very well that if either country were to launch a nuke at the other, the response would be instantaneous — and super-massive.
Both countries — along with the rest of the world (assuming humanity even survives such a conflict) — would suffer perhaps irreparable devastation.
As Albert Einstein famously said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”