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U.S. may reconsider nuclear agreement with Russia due to Arkhangelsk blast

The incident was due to the hypersonic cruise missile test; the explosion included the leak of radioactive elements, U.S. administration says
13:31, 14 August 2019

Missile test launch in Russia, August 2019
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The U.S. has been giving some amount of thought to the new nuclear agreement with Russia that expires in early 2021. The extension of the agreement is currently threatened due to a recent explosion near Arkhangelsk, northern Russia. Reuters reported that on August 14.

The American government believes that the blast took place because of to the hypersonic cruise missile test; the explosion included the leak of radioactive elements, though the U.S. side could not tell for sure if it was a nuclear blast.

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As we reported, a blast took place in Arkhangelsk Oblast in Russia, as a cruise missile was tested at a sea platform-based firing range. Five scientists, the employees of Rosatom company deceased in the tragedy. Initially, the local government reported a short-term worsening of the radiation background; however, the Russian Defense Ministry denied this piece of information. Later, Russian nuclear center released the details of the disaster, saying that it occurred in the waters of the White Sea. The cause of death of five workers of Rosatom was the explosion of a small nuclear reactor.

New York Times assumed that the explosion in Arkhangelsk oblast could take place as Russia tested Burevestnik cruise missile or SSC-X-9 Skyfall as credited by the NATO. It is considered a brand new weapon presented in 2018. 

Related: The blast that killed 5 Russian engineers was apparently caused by another failed test of Putin's doomsday missile

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