On 20th February, President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow would match any US move to station new nuclear missiles close to Russia by placing its own nuclear missiles closer to the US. Moreover, it can station even some faster missiles.
In Washington, the U.S. State Department repudiated Putin’s statements as “publicity devised to redirect attention from what Washington claims are Moscow’s breaching of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
Putin stated that Russia was not looking for battle and won’t be taking the first step to use missiles in answer to Washington’s resolution this month to leave the landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty i.e. INF Treaty.
However, in his strong remarks yet on a possible new arms race, he stated that Russia’s answer to any movement of ammunition would be unwavering and that U.S. supervisory, some of whom he charged of being preoccupied with U.S. exclusiveness, should reckon the possibilities before making any moves.
Putin told Russia’s political elite that the US has the complete right to think whatever they want. However, they also need to count the speed and also the weapons system range that Russia is developing.
Putin even stated that Russia might be forced to develop and deploy various types of weapons that can be used not only concerning those territories from which the direct threat to Russia crops up but also regarding those territories where the centers of decision-making are located.
The weapons, by their tactical and technical requirements, which include their flight time to the command centers, would fully conform to the dangers that will be aimed against Russia.
The U.S. State Department stated that Washington was not building up weird new nuclear weapons delivery systems and echoed its claim that Russia breached the INF treaty while the United States didn’t.
Putin’s statement would probably arouse memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 when the then Soviet Union answered to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, inciting a deadlock that brought the world on the verge of a nuclear battle.