"The incident will be thoroughly investigated by a special commission that will make all of the necessary conclusions and to compile a report," said General Baluevskiy.
"A deviation indeed took place, and in this case a standard self-destruction system was initiated," he added.
According to General Baluevskiy, the commission will "deal with the status of technical assets. We are not going to penalize a certain person, we just want to know what caused the problem." "The RS-54 missile that self-destructed yesterday is considered to be one of the most reliable," added General Baluevskiy. "Since 1992 only one out of 36 launches has ended in failure." - 0- (MAN/SM)