Russian President Vladimir Putin Participates in Military Drills, Fires Missiles

The launch of a Start-1 intercontinental ballistic missile based on Topol missile. The Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region

Russian Federation conducted several ballistic missile tests on Thursday from "land, air and sea" as part of its strategic nuclear program, the Defense ministry announced. Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, however, didn't elaborate on what specific part he played during the military drill but said that the President "take the necessary moves in line with the standard procedure for relevant situations as the commander in chief".

Three missiles were fired from submarines and one was sacked from a ground station at the Plesetsk cosmodrome, north of Moscow. Putin launched four ballistic missiles, Peskov revealed. He clarified that the exercises were not in context to any global developments, reported Associated Press.

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According to local media reports, one of Russia's most sophisticated weapons, Topol-type ballistic missile was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the country's northwest and hit a target on the Kura testing grounds.

The training exercises by the Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces late Thursday included tests of land, air and submarine-based missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

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In early September, Russia carried out joint military exercises with Belarus on NATO's eastern flank, causing concern in Poland and the Baltic states due to the size of the drills and doubts over Moscow's intentions.

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