Russia TV Lists Potential Nuclear Strike Targets in US Following Putin Threat
Russian state media highlights areas to strike after hypersonic missile tech revealed
Following a recent warning from Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russia's new hypersonic missile technology, the country's state-run media ran a TV show listing potential targets in the US for a nuclear strike.
Putin warned that Russia's new missiles could carry a nuclear warhead to anywhere in the world within five minutes when the new technology was announced a few days ago.
Speaking during his state-of-the-nation address last Wednesday, Mr. Putin warned that Russia will aim new hypersonic missiles at the United States should it deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Europe.
Russia’s new Zircon missiles, which Putin says are capable of flying at nine times of the speed of sound, and have a range of 620 miles, are part of its ongoing effort to upgrade its defensive capabilities against what it regards as an increasingly hostile U.S.
Reuters called the report “unusual even by the sometimes bellicose standards of Russian state TV.”
The targets included the Pentagon and Camp David.
The report came days after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the U.S. against deploying intermediate-range missiles in Europe.
According to Fox News, Putin reaffirmed that Russia will not be the first to deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Europe.
However, he warned that it will retaliate if the U.S. puts such missiles on the continent.
He said it will not only target the host countries but field new weapons that will target U.S. decision-making centers.
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Host Dmitry Kiselyov boasts that Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile "won't allow Americans to sit it out across the ocean," names potential targets:
▪️Fort Ritchie (Maryland)
▪️Jim Creek (Washington State)
The U.S. insisted that it has no plans to deploy missiles in Europe.
A Putin spokesman said he did not name any “geographic site Russian missiles” might be aimed at.
The spokesman said the government does not interfere with news programs.
The Guardian reported that other U.S. sites included Maryland’s Fort Ritchie, McClellan air force base in California and Jim Creek naval communications base in Washington state.