Russian State Media Lists Nuclear Missile Targets in U.S.

Russian state media aired the potential U.S. presidential and military command centers that the Kremlin would target if the U.S. put missiles in Europe, claiming that its hypersonic missiles—which are purported to move five times as fast as the speed of sound—could reach those locations in less than five minutes when launched from nearby submarines. The listed targets included the Pentagon, Camp David, and military bases in Maryland, California, and Washington State. The Sunday night broadcast comes as tensions have appeared to escalate between the U.S. and Vladimir Putin over the placement of nuclear missiles. After President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the Russian president stated that if America put such nuclear missiles in Europe (which it has no known plans to do), the Kremlin would place hypersonic missiles on submarines near U.S. bases. Dmitry Kiselyov, the host of the major weekly news program Vesti Nedeli, said that “For now, we’re not threatening anyone,” but added that “if such a deployment takes place, our response will be instant.”