- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Russia has fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles from a submarine within one week.

A liquid-fueled rocket capable of carrying nuclear warheads was fired from Russia’s submarine Tula on Wednesday, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reported. The Sineva missile has a range of over 7,400 miles and was fired from the Kamchatka region on the Pacific Ocean, the paper added.

The Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear submarine test-fired a Bulava missile from an underwater position in the Barents Sea on Oct. 29, The Associated Press reported.

Russia plans to significantly improve its naval readiness over the next six years. In August, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the plan came in response to friction with NATO.

“These proposals must ensure that our forces are re-equipped with modern weapons and military equipment. I will not hide that this, in large part, is linked to events of recent months,” Russian news agencies quoted the Russian as saying in August.

In June, Russia also christened a top-secret nuclear submarine named Severodvinsk. The vessel is the first Yasen K-560 nuclear submarine for Russia and the the 131st nuclear submarine built for its navy.

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