Russian TV broadcasts ‘secret’ nuclear weapon plans

Published: Thursday 12th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Russian plans for a new submarine-launched nuclear torpedo shown on state-controlled TV were secret and should never have been aired, the Kremlin has said.

The video showed a document describing a weapons system called Status-6, which it said would cause radioactive contamination to make coastal areas unsuitable for military or economic activity “for a long time”.

It was shot over a military officer’s shoulder during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, and broadcast on NTV and Channel One.

The channels later removed the footage.

Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “It’s true that some secret information was caught by the camera and therefore it was subsequently removed. We hope this will not happen again.”

The appearance of the video on Kremlin-controlled TV channels raised suspicions it was done deliberately to alarm the West.

Published: Thursday 12th November 2015 by The News Editor

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