Russiatest-fired a Sineva intercontinental missile from a submerged submarine in the Barents Sea on Wednesday as part of a check on the reliability of thenavy's strategic forces, theDefense Ministrysaid.


The liquid-fueled missile, which can carry nuclear warheads, was fired from the Tula submarine to the Kura Test Range in the far eastern region ofKamchatka, RIA news agency quoted the ministry as saying. It gave no other details.


The Sineva, which has a range of about 12,000 km (7,500 miles), entered service in 2007 and is part of efforts to prevent the weakening ofRussia's nuclear deterrent.


PresidentVladimir Putinhas underlined the importance of the nuclear deterrent during the standoff with the West over the crisis inUkraine, andRussiahas held several military exercises during the crisis that have alarmed Western powers.