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Putin announces reprisals against the US for testing with missiles equal to those deployed in Eastern Europe

August 23, 2019


The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has ordered a retaliation “symmetrical” to the recent test conducted by the United States with a missile system identical to the one deployed in Romania and Poland.

The United States confirmed the test of the MK-41 system, which took place last Sunday in California, and which according to Russia would have violated the conditions of the Treaty of Nuclear Weapons of Intermediate Reach, a text from which the United States officially withdrew this month.

“I order the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other specific departments to analyze the level of threat created by the actions of the United States our country and take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetrical response,” Putin said after a meeting with your Security Council.

The INF Treaty not only referred to nuclear weapons, but prohibited the deployment of ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. The trial took place August 18, 16 days after the withdrawal from the United States, and was a success: it impacted on its objective after flying beyond the limits set in the agreement. Washington has wielded that it withdrew from the pact because Russia violated it at first, something the Kremlin has flatly denied.

“Instead of amending this intolerable situation and resuming compliance with the agreement, the United States has orchestrated a propaganda campaign about the alleged violation of its clauses by Russia,” Putin lamented in statements collected by the official news agency. Russian Sputnik.

“But it is clear to everyone since the only objective was to cover what Washington was doing against the agreement and that from the beginning it was intended to abandon it,” he said.

For the Russian president, Washington's plan is to “get rid of the restrictions imposed, be free to deploy previously prohibited missiles in various parts of the world.”

Thus, Russia has also suspended its commitment to the INF Treaty, in response to the United States, but at the same time Putin has made it clear that he does not want to be involved in a new arms race, which maintains its proposals for disarmament and will wait for Americans are willing to start conversations about it.

“Russia remains open to a constructive and egalitarian dialogue with the United States to restore confidence and strengthen international security,” said the president at the same meeting.