Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting outside Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia April 7, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS Reuters / SPUTNIK

Amid war with Ukraine and tension with the west, Russia on Wednesday successfully test-fired the intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat which Russia claims is the most powerful missile in the world.

Russian news agency TASS reported that according to the statement released by the Defence Ministry of Russia "a Sarmat silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test-launched from a silo launcher at the Plesetsk state testing cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region."

"The new missile is capable of striking targets at long ranges, using different flight paths. The Sarmat features unique characteristics that enable it reliably to breach any existing and future anti-ballistic missile defenses," the Russian Defense Ministry stressed in the statement, as reported by TASS.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the military on the successful launch of the Sarmat and added that it will "force everyone who tries to make threats against Russia to think twice," Tass reported.