Russia tests new missile following U.S. shield launch
May 24 , 2012
Russia tested a new long-range missile on Wednesday in a bid to prove its ability to penetrate missile defence systems, the military said.
The move comes as a warning to the United States over the deployment of a missile shield in Europe.
The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) was successfully launched from the Plesetsk facility in northwest Russia.
Its dummy warhead landed on its target of Kamchatka peninsula on the Pacific coast.
Russia opposes a missile shield that the U.S. and NATO are deploying in Europe, saying it could intercept Russian warheads by 2018, seen as a threat to Moscow's nuclear arsenal.
The United States defended its actions, saying the system is meant to counter a potential threat from Iran and poses no risk to Russia.