CNN has published a surprising report Tuesday night, claiming based on two unnamed US officials that Russia conducted an ultra-provocative intercontinental ballistic missile test while President Biden was in Ukraine on Monday.
"Russia notified the United States in advance of the launch through deconfliction lines, one official said. Another official said that the test did not pose a risk to the United States and that the US did not view the test as an anomaly or an escalation," CNN writes.
The officials described it as a test of the heavy SARMAT missile – dubbed in the West the 'Satan II' - which is nuclear capable.
If Russia wanted to send a resounding and threatening message, there remains the possibility that footage of the SARMAT missile launch could be released later in the week, assuming it did happen.
Often, though not always, the Kremlin likes to widely publicize its major weapons tests by circulating official video. In some instances, videos are belatedly released.
If indeed the Kremlin conducted a 'Satan II' missile test with Biden in Kyiv, and releases the video while he's still traveling in Eastern Europe (currently in Poland), this would without doubt be taken as a huge escalation and direct threat by the West, as it sends a not so subtle 'message' at a moment America's commander-in-chief is in the region.