The US has been monitoring Russian naval vessels in recent weeks preparing for a possible test of a new nuclear-tipped torpedo.
This is reported by CNN, citing information from an American official on condition of anonymity.
It is noted that among the ships that participated in the preparation of the nuclear test was the K-329 "Bilhorod" submarine, which can launch unmanned underwater vehicles, including the "Poseidon" torpedo.
Over the past week, the United States has recorded the departure of Russian vessels from a test site in the Arctic Ocean and their return to port without conducting tests.
American intelligence believes that this may indicate the technical difficulties of the Russians.
Last week, vessels were seen leaving the test site in the Arctic Ocean and heading back to port without completing the test.
The US believes that the Russians may have encountered technical difficulties.
"This can be seen as part of the bigger picture and the recent military practice of Russia, which has sent ill-trained and under-equipped troops into Ukraine. Russia's military industry is going through difficult times, and we also see that Western sanctions on high-tech military goods are having an effect and should be continued ", the official believes.
The US does not exclude the possibility that the Russian Federation will try to test a torpedo for the second time, but note that the waters in the area will soon begin to be covered with ice, which will limit the time window for such an operation.
The Poseidon torpedo is a nuclear unmanned underwater vehicle capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear munitions.
The nuclear power plant gives "Poseidon" an almost unlimited flight range.
American officials previously indicated that the main purpose of "Poseidon" is to cause a large-scale nuclear tsunami designed to flood and irradiate US coastal cities.
Russia's nuclear threats
In a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed that
"you don't need to attack big cities in order to win
In French diplomatic circles, these words of Putin were taken as a hint about the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, the Daily Express reported that Putin is preparing to
the Satan-2 intercontinental nuclear missile.
The former commander of the US Ground Forces in Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Godges, warned that if Russian President Vladimir Putin dares to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine, the US will destroy
"most of Russia's military capabilities
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