Putin to oversee Russian ballistic missile drills on Saturday

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will oversee military drills on Saturday involving the launch of ballistic and cruise missiles, his spokesperson said.

The TASS news agency reported that Dmitry Peskov said Russia was being transparent about the exercises and had given notice to all proper channels, they “should not cause anyone concern”.

The report said Putin will monitor the “strategic deterrence force drills” from a situation control centre.

Russia has the second-biggest nuclear arsenal after the U.S. and holds missile tests several times a year.

But this one comes during an extremely tense stand-off with the West over Ukraine.

A telephone conversation between Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin is planned for Friday

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