The report is available to Business Insider. The report does not say when the test should take place. According to reports, it is about new rockets of the Sarmat type (NATO code name: SS-X-30 Satan 2). They have an estimated range of 18,000 kilometers and can carry up to 15 nuclear warheads.
According to the internal NATO report, the test will take place at the Plesesk spaceport in north-western Russia. The site specializes in testing ICBMs. Russia tested a Sarmat missile back in April. The risk of war between Russia and the West is also increasing at sea, the report goes on to say. Due to the increased presence of Russian ships in NATO sea areas, the risk of an unintentional conflict is increasing. Literally: “Convergence of RUS and allied activity across all JDAs (NATO alliance area, editor’s note) will posibly increase the risk of miscalculation.”
After all, NATO currently sees no danger of using tactical nuclear or chemical weapons in the Ukraine war. The Vostok-22 exercise announced by Russia, in which 50,000 Russian soldiers are said to be taking part, is said to be significantly smaller than in recent years. This is because a large part of the Russian army is tied up in Ukraine. Four years ago, 300,000 soldiers were involved, they say.
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