After Disastrous, Dangerous ‘Skyfall’ Accident’ that Left at Least 5 Dead Last Week, Russia Continues to Boast It’s Besting the U.S. in an Arms Race; Trump Argues U.S. Has More Advanced Technology

  • Despite a rocket accident shrouded in mystery last week, Russia insists that it’s winning the arms race against the U.S. with its ability to develop technologically-advanced nuclear weapons.
  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Our president has repeatedly said that Russian engineering in this sector significantly outstrips the level that other countries have managed to reach for the moment, and it is fairly unique.”
  • Additionally, “Russia, which has said the missile will have an unlimited range and be able to overcome any defenses, calls the missile the 9M730 Burevestnik (Storm Petrel). The NATO alliance has designated it the SSC-X-9 Skyfall.”
  • Last week’s accident left at least five dead, injured three others and led to a temporary spike in radiation levels in an area of the White Sea.
  • According to Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear agency, “the Aug. 8 accident occurred during a rocket test on a sea platform in the White Sea.”
  • The Kremlin has vowed to continue developing new weapons and have referred to the men who died during the accident as “heroes.”
  • On Monday, Trump became the first U.S. official to speak out on the Russian incident and tweeted: “The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian ‘Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!”
  • Trump did not specify “what intelligence agencies had gleaned from the explosion.”
  • According to some experts, “Russia’s response to the incident has drawn comparisons to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, though the explosion appears to be smaller in scope.”
  • Due to increased radiation in the area from the Skyfall explosion, “Russian authorities have advised residents of the nearby village of Nyonoksa to leave while clear-up work is being carried out.”
  • Russia’s state weather service confirmed on Tuesday “that radiation levels in the nearby city of Severodvinsk had spiked by up to 16 times last Thursday.”
  • The Tass news agency is reporting that medics who tended to victims from last’s weeks accident “have been sent to Moscow for a medical examination,” and have signed non-disclosure agreements “about the nature of the accident.”

Reference Links

  • Reuters: Kremlin says it is winning arms race against U.S. despite rocket accident READ
  • NBC: Russian failed nuclear test hints at Putin’s dangerous plans to beat U.S. defenses READ
  • The Moscow Times: U.S. Has ‘More Advanced’ Rocket Than Russia’s Nuclear Cruise Missile – Trump READ
  • USA TODAY: ‘Not good!’ Donald Trump blames Russia for mysterious ‘Skyfall’ explosion, radiation spike READ

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