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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Scolds Ivanov for Using NATO Talk

President Vladimir Putin rebuked Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday for calling a ballistic missile by its NATO code name, Satan.

Ivanov was reporting on the planned test launches of ballistic missiles during a government meeting chaired by Putin, saying that a Satan missile would be test-fired from its silo before the end of the year.

Putin intervened, telling Ivanov that he must use its Russian name.

"Please use our own names. There is no need to say Satan and the like," Putin said, Itar-Tass reported.

Since the Cold War, NATO has been using its own names for Soviet weapons as the Soviet Union had kept most of them secret.

The RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile, known in the West as the SS-18 Satan, is the heaviest in the inventory of the strategic nuclear forces.

The strategic forces have conducted regular test launches of Soviet-built ballistic missiles to check their readiness.

The post-Soviet funding shortage has left the military struggling to extend the lifetime of Soviet-built missiles, since the government lacks the funds to quickly replace them with new weapons.

Ivanov said that a mobile version of the new Topol-M missile would be test-fired before year's end and would be commissioned next year.