The New Arms Race Begins: Putin Orders Military To Respond In Kind To Post-INF US Missile Launch | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

The New Arms Race Begins: Putin Orders Military To Respond In Kind To Post-INF US Missile Launch

After last Sunday's first ever Pentagon test of a previously banned ground-launched cruise missile with a range of over 500 km in a post-INF treaty world, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said he has ordered a reciprocal response, meaning the Kremlin will likely soon conduct its own highly visible land-based missile test.

In his remarks before Russia's Security Council on Friday, Putin was scathing in his reaction to the US missile test as well as American Defense Secretary Mark Esper's recent signalling of a possible missile deployment to Asia "sooner than later". Putin said any planned Asia-Pacific region US deployment "affects our core interests as it is close to Russia's borders".

"All this leaves no doubts that the real intention of the United States (in exiting the INF pact) was to... untie its hands to deploy previously banned missiles in different regions of the world," Putin said.

Given that the latest Pentagon test took place at a range in California on Aug. 18 - a mere 17 days after the final and formal US pullout of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, Russia's Defense Ministry said it was clear evidence that Washington had already been in breach of the treaty prior to its official end, given the technology development and extensive preparations that went in to such a test.

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