Putin orders response to US missile test

Putin orders response to US missile test
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinWest should echo Prague's Nemtsov remembrance Trump campaign sues New York Times for libel over 2019 op-ed Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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.


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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Former Laura Bush staffer decries Taliban's treatment of women amid peace deal Bipartisan Senate resolution would urge UN to renew Iran arms embargo, travel restrictions 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.