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"Not Improvisation": Russia is preparing to respond to US missile tests

Russia is actively preparing a response to Washington to test a missile previously banned by the INF Treaty. "Not Improvisation": Russia is preparing to respond to US missile tests

"Not Improvisation": Russia is preparing to respond to US missile tests

Russia is actively preparing a response to Washington to test a missile previously banned by the INF Treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. At the same time, the department once again emphasized that Moscow would not deploy its missiles until American installations appeared in the same regions.

Russia is at an advanced stage of interagency preparation of mirror measures for testing medium-range missiles by the United States, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said. He called the main thing that Russia has the corresponding military-technical backlogs. They, he said, make it possible to quickly enough find an adequate response to any threat associated with missile tests and their possible deployment in various geographical regions. Thus, he answered the question of when the list of specific measures will be presented to the president.

He assured that Russia would give “an appropriate military-technical response” to any missile tests, and its security “would be reliably protected.”
“At the same time, we also confirmed several times, both in bilateral contacts with our partners, and in the framework of the recent meeting of the Russia- NATO Council , that as long as medium-range US assets are not placed in certain regions of the world, including Europe, we will also refrain from this step, ”the deputy foreign minister emphasized.
Obtaining to analyze the level of threat of US actions, to take comprehensive measures and to prepare asymmetrical response to the test by the Americans of a new cruise missile at the end of August was given by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Ministry of Defense, the country's Foreign Ministry and other departments. This requirement was voiced during an urgent meeting with members of the Security Council.
“It is obvious that it [the US test of a missile previously banned under the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty)] was not improvisation, but became the next link in a chain of events that had been planned and carried out earlier,” the head of state said.
He called the placement of US-based missile defense systems banned by the INF Treaty in Romania and their forthcoming deployment in Poland a direct violation of this treaty, which the Americans themselves said. The Russian leader emphasized that these actions affect the interests of Russia.
At the same time, the president assured that Moscow did not intend to enter the arms race and was ready to engage in a constructive dialogue with the United States.
The United States tested the Tomahawk missile designed to hit ground targets on August 18. The Pentagon’s first test after the INF Treaty’s rupture of a ground-based cruise missile with characteristics forbidden by this treaty — the projectile’s range was over 500 km — was reported by the Pentagon press service.
“The Department of Defense conducted a flight test of a non-nuclear ground-based cruise missile on Sunday, August 18, at 2:30 p.m. US West Coast [00:30 Moscow time Monday, August 19] on the San Nicholas Island [off the coast] of California. The tested missile left the mobile launcher and hit the target precisely after flying more than 500 km, ”the US military said in a statement.
As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted in a speech to students and faculty of MGIMO and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the start of the school year, these missile tests demonstrate that the American side is not going to return to the INF Treaty.
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Nevertheless, Russia nevertheless offers NATO members to preserve the architecture of world security, having joined the moratorium on the deployment of intermediate and shorter-range missiles, Lavrov drew attention.
“Let me remind you that, despite the destruction of the US Intermediate-Range Missile Treaty, we made a very important political gesture. President Putin said the treaty no longer exists, but we will act in a mirror: if the United States begins to develop appropriate means, we reserve the right to do the same. If they test, and we will have such a right, ”the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry explained.
He recalled that the president promised not to deploy the INF if they were created in those regions of the world where American-made systems would not be deployed. Lavrov called this proposal serious and clarified that Moscow had already offered the members of the North Atlantic Alliance to join a voluntary moratorium, but they have not yet agreed to this.
But, obviously, the American side is not going to agree to such conditions. Last week, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Army Ryan McCarthy said that
Washington plans to deploy new precision-guided missiles and banned INF Treaty ballistic warhead hypersonic missiles in the early 2020s.
According to him, the partners of the American side among the developers said that the reprogramming of high-precision missiles will lead to their capabilities going beyond the INF Treaty.

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