According to newly discovered information, Biden’s White House ordered the Pentagon to delay an important and long-planned U.S. hypersonic missile test coinciding with the President’s planned June 16 meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Biden officials reportedly worried the U.S. hypersonic missile launch could have sent the wrong message prior to the Biden-Putin summit.
This, despite the fact that Team Biden regularly blasted President Trump as a Russian stooge, or agent, and the U.S is already behind both Russia and China in the hypersonic weapons race.
The U.S. defense official who spoke with Politico on Thursday claimed the Russians avoided similarly provocative behavior ahead of the meeting between the two leaders. The defense official said, “This is not unusual at all for the sake of table-setting.”
However, Russian ‘table-setting’ protocols appear different than those of Team Biden as Russian warships sailed just off the coast of Hawaii right before the June summit, and the rare Russian naval presence prompted the U.S. to deploy F-22 fighters and an aircraft carrier to monitor the situation.
And while Biden held back the U.S. missile test, just a month later the Russian Ministry of Defense announced it had conducted a ship-borne hypersonic missile launch.
The Russian Zircon (Tsirkon) missile reportedly reached up to seven times the speed of sound (Mach 7), about 5,370 miles per hour and hit its intended target 217 miles away.
In addition to Russia’s high-profile Zircon missile tests, China completed an August hypersonic missile test with a potential glide vehicle weapon that circled the globe. Experts note that this test demonstrated China’s new capability to launch nukes over the South Pole avoiding most U.S. missile defenses in the northern hemisphere arrayed against a potential attack via the North Pole.
Politico’s sources described the delayed weapons test on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. A White House spokesperson has denied the account shared by the unnamed sources as “not accurate” and the Pentagon declined to comment on the matter altogether.
Now Biden is heading to Europe for a meeting of the G-20 in Rome and a major climate summit in Glasgow, while Microsoft reported this week that the hacking group backed by the Russian foreign intelligence service (SVR) – also behind the large-scale SolarWinds hack in 2020 – is actively looking to score another major hack.
Clearly Biden’s weak kowtowing hasn’t had much of an effect on Putin. ADN