Russia will have to respond to US deployment of medium-range missiles

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Russia has to be ready to deploy medium-range missiles, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

“The United States is continuing to design new medium-range missile systems, so Russia will have to prepare for the retaliatory response,” it said in a statement on its Web site.

“We reject in any way any attempts to portray our response to attempts to upset the balance as an aggressive step.”

Earlier, the Associated Press reported that the Pentagon was preparing to test two banned missiles in the recently concluded medium-to-short-range missile disarmament treaty between Washington and Moscow.

The agency said the tests could begin before the treaty expires in August.

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