Putin takes part in Russian military drills

Published: October 27, 2017 19:23:46 | Updated: October 28, 2017 12:41:04

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks in a hall during a meeting at Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday. -AP Photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken part in major military drills of nuclear forces of the country.

Putin personally directed the test-firing of four intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of the exercises, the Kremlin said Friday.

Russian president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the drills Thursday involved all elements of the military’s nuclear triad — nuclear submarines, strategic bombers and a land-based launcher, reports AP.

He added that the exercises were routine and not directly linked to any international developments.

Still, the president’s direct involvement in overseeing intercontinental ballistic missile launches is an event that has been rarely reported by the Kremlin in the past.

“The commander in chief conducted the launch of four intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Peskov said in a conference call with reporters.

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