While the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces (SRF) have removed all the nuclear warheads from the 104 SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that were once deployed in Kazakstan, as well as withdrawing most of the missiles themselves, they continue to test these giant missiles from Kazak soil. Yesterday the SRF press center announced that a successful SS-18 test had been conducted that day from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakstan, will all 10 dummy warheads hitting their targets on the Kamchatka peninsula. (Interfax, April 17) In 1994 the Russians leased Baikonur for 20 years, primarily as a space launch facility. However, when the START I nuclear arms reduction treaty was signed in 1991, Baikonur was listed as the only test launch facility for the SS-18 and was said to have ten silos for this missile.
Moscow Calls for Condiminium with Ukraine in Sevastopol and Azov Sea.