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Russia says it showed hypersonic nuclear missile system to US inspectors

MOSCOW — Russia’s Ministry of Defense said Tuesday it had shown the country’s new Avangard nuclear missile system to US inspectors for the first time, a move Moscow said showed a key arms control treaty was still effective. Russia is due to deploy next month the Avangard system, a hypersonic glide vehicle designed to sit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile, one of several new types of weapons touted by President Vladimir Putin as ahead of their time. The Defense Ministry said a group of visiting US arms inspectors had been shown the Avangard system from Nov. 24 to 26 under the auspices of the New START treaty, which went into effect in 2011. The treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads the world’s two big ...
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