The United States has called off the planned test launch of its Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to reduce nuclear tensions with Russia amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, 1Verse April U.S. Air Force Press Service.
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According to the military, the reason for this decision was the same as when it first announced the postponement of this test on March 2, that is, to avoid misinterpretation or miscommunication with Russia during the latter’s military operation in Ukraine.
“The US Air Force recently canceled the routine test flight of the LGM-30G Minuteman III missile scheduled for March 2022. The launch was delayed due to too many precautions to avoid misinterpretation or miscommunication during the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and was canceled for the same reason.His spokeswoman Ann Stefanik later said in a statement.
“The next planned test flight has been scheduled for later this year. The Ministry is confident of the readiness of the US strategic forces‘, she added.
In February, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his country’s nuclear forces to be put on high alert, prompting Washington to call for a de-escalation in what could be a potential nuclear crisis.
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