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Kremlin Dismisses U.S. Report About Missing Nuclear-Powered Missile


Russia's new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile blasts off during a test launch from an undisclosed location in Russia in March.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has dismissed a report by a U.S. television network that Russia lost a nuclear-powered missile in the Barents Sea during 2017 and is launching an operation to get it back.

CNBC reported on August 21 that the nuclear-powered missile remains lost at sea after a failed test in late 2017.

The television network also reported that Russian crews were preparing to try to recover the missing missile, which it said was lost during a test launch in November.

The report said three ships would be involved in the recovery operation -- including one that is equipped to handle radioactive material from the core of the missile.

Peskov said on August 22, "In contrast to the U.S. television network, I have no such information," adding that journalists with questions should contact specialists at the Defense Ministry.

Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged about the new type of missile in March, announcing that it had "unlimited range."

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, CNBC, Interfax, and TASS
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