Vladimir Putin takes part in Russian military drills, personally launches four ballistic missiles

Moscow: The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has taken part in major military drills and personally launched four ballistic missiles as part of the exercises.

File image of Russian president Vladimir Putin. AP

File image of Russian president Vladimir Putin. AP

Russian news agencies quoted Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday as saying that Putin participated in Thursday's training which was aimed at testing Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal.

The Defence Ministry said on Thursday that three ballistic missiles were fired from nuclear submarines and one from a launchpad in Russia's northwest as part of the drills.

Earlier in October, Russia conducted exercises involving intercontinental ballistic missile launchers.

The manoeuvres follow massive war games conducted last month by Russia and Belarus that caused jitters in some NATO countries, including Poland and the Baltics.

Updated Date: Oct 28, 2017 11:01 AM

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