Russian propagandist claims nuke could hit UK capital in nine minutes

NATO head says Russia nuclear sabre-rattling is dangerous

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A Russian television presenter has claimed on Twitter that a Russian nuclear missile has the ability to hit London in just nine minutes. Vladimir Solovyov discussed the air-launched hypersonic Kinzhal missiles which was later shared on the social media platform.

In the discussion, Mr Solovyov said the speed of the missiles mean that the capital could be hit in under 10 minutes and it would be “goodbye London”.

The Russian propagandist said: “Everybody there is getting hysterical today because it can get to London from Belarus in nine minutes.

“The Killjoy missile also known as Kinzhal has a range of over 2,000km [1242 miles] and can reach a speed 12 times the speed of sound, nine minutes and ‘hello London!’ or rather ‘hello and goodbye London!’”

The missile was revealed by the Kremlin in 2018 and the Missile Defence Project claims it can reach distances over 1200 miles away.

However, the Kremlin was left embarrassed in September when one of its missiles crashed and landed in the North Caucasus region of Russia which injured eight people.

In September, the Russian President warned the West that his threats were not a bluff.

Putin said: “This is not a bluff. And those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and point towards them.”

Despite fears of escalations over a potential nuclear attack following Russia’s failed attempts at capturing and securing territory in Ukraine, Putin has previously denied he would use the weapons saying he sees “no point” in a nuclear strike.

Over the weekend, Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first comments about the Russia-Ukraine war saying that “nuclear wars must not be fought”.

Speaking to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, he said: “The international community should…jointly oppose the use or threats to use nuclear weapons, advocate that nuclear weapons must not be used, and nuclear wars must not be fought, in order to prevent a nuclear crisis.”

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According to Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Putin is now “much more cautious” about the threats and use of nuclear weapons since holding discussions with Chinese officials and President Xi Jinping.

The businessman spoke to Kirsty Wark on BBC Newsnight last week and expressed his view that the threat of nuclear war has “diminished”.

On Sunday, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had private talks with senior Russian officials to reduce tensions surrounding nuclear warfare in relation to Ukraine and its allies.

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