Russia Won’t Notify US of Poseidon Nuclear Drone Tests, Foreign Ministry Says


Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters that Moscow would not notify Washington about the testing of Poseidon nuclear underwater drones. 

According to the diplomat, the agreements signed in the 1980s only concern the exchange of notifications about launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), as well as large-scale strategic exercises.

“Neither one nor the other applies to this new promising system. And in general, test events of this kind do not fall under any verification mechanisms and cannot fall,” the deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a conversation with reporters.

“Poseidon” 2M39 is a project of a Russian unmanned underwater vehicle equipped with a nuclear power plant. It is being developed by the Rubin and Malachite design bureaus. Earlier, the media reported that a division of special submarines with Poseidons would be formed in Kamchatka by the end of 2024 – the beginning of 2025.

Also in Russia, testing of the new multifunctional missile system “Hermes” continues. It is designed to destroy tanks, armored vehicles, structures, surface targets and low-speed aircraft.

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