Russian state television has broadcasted a list of US military facilities that Russia intends on targeting with nuclear weapons, and has even claimed that Moscow is developing a hypersonic missile that can hit the targets in under five minutes.
The targets are the Pentagon, Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, Fort Ritchie in Maryland, McClellan Air Force Base in California and Jim Creek Naval Communications center in Washington State.
Russia published the list as a response to reports that the United States is considering deploying intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe. This move is a follow up to the US withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
The New York Post reported that “The US claims Moscow breached the agreement that bans the production, testing and deployment of cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 310 to 3,410 miles in Europe. In his annual state-of-the-nation speech earlier Wednesday, Putin vowed to keep in step with the US on new weapon development so that Russia would be prepared to respond to any threats.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that Moscow is prepared for a new ‘Cuban Missile’-style crisis if tensions between the two counties escalate.
The US has since dismissed the comments as boasting and stated that it has no immediate plans to deploy missiles to Europe.
“Some analysts have seen his approach as a tactic to try to re-engage the United States in talks about the strategic balance between the two powers, something Moscow has long pushed for, with mixed results,” reported Reuters.
Two of the military installations mentioned have long been defunct and Pentagon as well as Camp David are targets that are quite obvious as high value-targets. It is also unlikely that any aggressor would first announce which targets he is going to attack and thusly voluntarily give up the element of surprise. However one thing is for certain and that is the fact that the Cold War is back.