MOSCOW: According to Russian news agency, the country had reportedly tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the country's northwest in mid-June. State-owned TASS news agency said the indigenously built ICBM was developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT).
The development comes as Ukraine and the United States along with other countries began their joint naval exercises in the Black Sea. The operation named "Sea Breeze" involves over 5,000 troops from 30 countries which is set to last for two weeks. Russia's relations with Western powers has nosedived in recent years amid growing tension over Crimea and other issues.
Russian officials had said last week that they had fired warning shots at the British warship HMS Defender for violating its territorial waters, although Britain said its warship was passing through Ukrainian territorial waters. (Agencies)