Even as Russia tests its new Zircon (Tsirkon) hypersonic missile, reported earlier by ADN, Russia warns the U.S. of deploying similar weapons in Europe. Zircon is one of several hypersonic missiles Russia is developing, including the massive 188-ton nuclear-armed Sarmat Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) – NATO codenamed Satan-2. This, the biggest rocket in Russia’s nuclear arsenal, is expected to become operational next year.
These important Russian missile developments have prodded NATO and the U.S. to consider countermeasures, including deployments of their own hypersonic missiles currently being tested. But this has not gone over well with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.
In an official tweet from Russia’s Embassy in the U.S., referencing prior remarks from Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby, it warned:
We would like to remind @PentagonPressSec that potential deployment of any [American flag] hypersonic [missile] in Europe would be extremely destabilizing.
Their short flight time would leave [Russian flag] little to no decision time and raise the likelihood of inadvertent conflict.
❗️We would like to remind @PentagonPresSec that potential deployment of any 🇺🇸 hypersonic 🚀in Europe would be extremly destabilizing. Their short flight time would leave 🇷🇺 little to no decision time and raise likelihood of inadvertent conflict. pic.twitter.com/vY91y1jLik
— Russian Embassy in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) July 20, 2021
When asked about Russia’s warning, Kirby responded, according to Newsweek, by stating:
It’s important to note that Russia’s new hypersonic missiles are potentially destabilizing and pose significant risks because they are nuclear-capable systems.
Kirby added: “By contrast, the United States is developing solely non-nuclear hypersonic strike capabilities. So, alongside our NATO allies, we remain committed to deterrence while promoting greater stability in the region.” ADN