Russia: Putin promises a “symmetrical response” to the test of US missile

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — After last Sunday’s US test of an intermediate-range missile, their first since the Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted on Friday, promising a “symmetrical response.”

“I order the Russian Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs […] to analyze the level of threat that US actions represent for our country and to take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetrical response”, said Vladimir Putin at a meeting of his Security Council.

“It’s obvious that [the US missile test] was not the result of improvisation, but one more link in a long-planned chain of events,” Vladimir Putin said on Friday. “This only confirms the basis of our concerns expressed previously,” he added.

“Now, the violation is obvious, it is useless to dispute it, denounced Vladimir Putin. But this now raises this question: how will we know what will be deployed in Romania and Poland? According to the Russian president, “the real intentions” of the United States are “to deploy missiles previously prohibited in different parts of the world”.

Their deployment in Europe and Asia “threatens our fundamental interests, since it is close to Russian borders,” Vladimir Putin said. “We have never wanted, do not want, and will not be dragged into an arms race, which is very expensive and destructive for our economy,” he said.

According to Vladimir Putin, Russia “remains open to constructive dialogue on an equal footing with the United States in order to restore confidence and strengthen international security”.

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