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Putin orders response to US missile test

Putin orders response to US missile test
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin says doctors and teachers will get first COVID-19 vaccines in new immunization campaign Scarborough says he'll never return to Republican Party after GOP supported Trump Will Biden choose a values-based or transactional foreign policy? 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 PompeoUS to temporarily withdraw some embassy personnel in Baghdad: report Pompeo to host indoor holiday parties at State Department despite warning to employees to hold some missions virtually The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Pressure builds as UK approves COVID-19 vaccine 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.