Vladimir Putin Vows "Symmetric Response" To US Missile Test

Clay Curtis
August 24, 2019

Speaking at a government meeting, Putin said the launch of the nuclear-capable Tomahawk missile with a MK-41 launcher confirmed prior suspicions that the United States had planned to place banned weapons in Europe.

"How would we know what they will deploy in Romania and Poland - missile defense systems or strike missile systems with a significant range?"

At a United Nations Security Council meeting, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia's acting permanent representative to the UN, said the United States "consistently and deliberately violated" the Treaty for some time.

"All this leaves no doubt about what the true plans of the United States are" he added, which in his view, included being free to to deploy "previously forbidden" missiles in various regions of the world, and close to Russian borders.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday that the U.S. test showed that Washington was stoking a new arms race and confrontation, which would have a serious negative effect on regional and global security.

He ordered the Defense Ministry and other agencies to "take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetrical answer".

The test came after the US and Russian Federation withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

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Russian officials have given a muted response in the weeks since the accident and USA -based nuclear experts suspect Russia was testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile.

While Putin hasn't spelled out possible retaliatory measures, some Moscow-based military experts theorized that Russian Federation could adapt the sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles for use from ground launchers.

"What system was it, and what goal does that system serve?" the US ambassador asked.

On August 2, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he is in favor of placing ground-launched intermediate-range missiles in Asia "sooner rather later".

This individual included the rocket testing which happened only 16 days following the INF accord's discontinuation has recently revealed that the United State of America has started working on the brand-new units outlawed through the accord.

Russian Federation has decried the USA for "escalating military tensions".

Britain's political coordinator Stephen Hickey, said Russia's actions "are in line with a pattern of aggression that represents a clear threat to worldwide peace and security".

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