Putin orders response to US missile test

Putin orders response to US missile test
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFeehery: Impeachment fever bad for Democratic governing vision Taliban travels to Moscow after Trump declares talks dead Russians tune out Vladimir Putin MORE said Friday that he has ordered government agencies to take “exhaustive measures to prepare a reciprocal response” to a missile test recently conducted by the United States.

According to Reuters, Putin said the missile used Monday in a test by the Pentagon, left “no doubts that the real intention” behind the U.S.’s recent decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was to “untie its hands to deploy previously banned missiles in different regions of the world.” 

The cruise missile, which flew for more than 310 miles before reaching its target, was the first such test since the U.S. withdrew from the Cold War-era treaty.

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The Trump administration pulled out of the treaty after accusing Russia of violating the pact for years. The pact barred both the U.S. and Russia from having land-based missiles that had ranges between 310-3,400 miles.

At the time, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Pence says US is 'locked and loaded' to defend allies US-Iran next moves — Déjà vu of Obama administration mistakes? MORE claimed Moscow was “solely responsible for the treaty’s demise,” adding that Russia’s “noncompliance under the treaty jeopardizes U.S. supreme interests as Russia’s development and fielding of a treaty-violating missile system represents a direct threat to the United States and our allies and partners.”

According to Reuters, Putin said the Trump administration’s plans to place missiles in the Asia-Pacific region “affects our core interests as it is close to Russia’s borders.”

“We have never wanted, do not want and will not be drawn into a costly, economically destructive arms race,” Putin reportedly said while addressing his Security Council. 

“That said, in the light of unfolding circumstances, I’m ordering the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and other appropriate agencies to analyze the threat to our country posed by U.S. actions, and to take exhaustive measures to prepare a reciprocal response,” he added.

Still, Putin reportedly said that Russia is still open to working with the U.S. to hash out security relations.