Russian TV Lists ‘Nuclear Targets’ After Putin Threatened U.S. With Missiles
A Russian state television program listed several U.S. military facilities on Sunday that the country would hit if it decided to issue a nuclear strike first, according to Reuters.
Two targets included in the list were the Pentagon and Camp David. The Russian TV program, called “Vesti Nedeli” and featuring Dmitry Kiselyov, presented the list during a broadcast Sunday evening.
Kiselyov, known for his anti-West tirades and once saying that Russia could turn the U.S. into radioactive ash, put up a map of America showing where and how Russian missiles would attack the country. (RELATED: Putin Threatens US With Deploying ‘Types Of Weapons’)
#Russia‘s state TV:
Host Dmitry Kiselyov boasts that Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile “won’t allow Americans to sit it out across the ocean,” names potential targets:
▪️Fort Ritchie (Maryland)
▪️Jim Creek (Washington State)
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Some other targets mentioned in Kiselyov’s show included Fort Richie in Maryland, which actually closed down in 1998, McClellan Airforce base in California, which also closed in 2001, and Jim Creek naval communications base in Washington State, according to Reuters.
“For now, we’re not threatening anyone, but if such a deployment takes place, our response will be instant,” Kiselyov said, talking about the “Tsirkon” hypersonic missiles, which could reach the U.S. in less than five minutes.
Such a response, albeit apparently hypothetical, is likely in response to the U.S.’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty over allegations that Russia had violated the treaty.
The Kremlin said on Monday after being asked to comment that they “did not interfere in State TV’s editorial policy.”