WW3 fears: Putin beefs up military as Russia rearms arsenal with advanced missiles

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Chief Designer of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (the Yars developer) Yuri Solomonov revealed the Kremlin will complete rearming its Strategic Missile Force with Yars silo-based and mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) by 2024.

He told TASS Russian News Agency: “I believe everything is moving towards the situation that the old grouping will be fully rearmed with Yars missile systems by 2024.”

The ICBM has been developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology under the supervision of Mr Solomonov.

The Yars development is a modification of the Topol-M missile system.

According to reports, six missile divisions have already been rearmed with the Yars mobile ICBMs in Russia.

The first regiment to be armed with these road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles assumed combat duty in 2011.

Back in September, Russia’s Defence Ministry announce the Strategic Missile Force’s missile division in Siberia had been enhanced with Yars ICBMs.

Last month, Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defence Minister, revealed two Yars missiles had already been placed in silo launchers in the Kaluga Region in central Russia.

Russia currently operates eight types of missile systems and plans to rearm all of their missile formations with the latest Yars, Avangard and Sarmat systems.

This news come as tensions between Moscow and Washington have escalated over region weeks.

Yesterday, Russia offered the US a range of options to help improve ties between to world’s top two nuclear powers.

But the Kremlin admitted a lot of work needs to be done to bring bilateral relations back on track.

Petr Svirin, spokesperson for Moscow’s embassy in Washington, told Newsweek: “Frankly, there are no reasons for being optimistic.”

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Tomorrow, US citizens take to the polls to vote for the next president and over recent weeks, Russia has been accused of voter meddling as well as overseas aggression.

Moscow has continued to deny the accusations and Mr Svirin said Russia is “ready to work” with Washington.

He continued: “We have repeatedly stressed that we are ready to work with Washington on any issue.

“The main thing is that such cooperation should be built on the basis of equality, mutual respect and a balance of interests.

“Our comprehensive proposals on normalising bilateral relations are still on the table.

“It is a sort of a menu for Washington to make a choice from.

“We are ready to lunch joint substantial work at any moment.

“Russia does not interfere with US elections and would work with any future president of the United States chosen by the American people.”

In the last election back in 2016, Russia was accused of orchestrating an effort to influence the contest in favour of Donald Trump.

The Democrats still allege the president colluded with the Kremlin, which Mr Trump continues to deny.

Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden previously lashed out at Russia and claimed Moscow is the “biggest threat to America right now in terms of breaking up our security and our alliances”.

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