Putin orders ‘symmetric’ response to US missile test
Tehran (KNA) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered state apparatuses to prepare a “symmetric” response to the United States’ recent test-launch of a missile that Moscow says could pose a threat to Russia’s security.
During a meeting with Russia’s Security Council on Friday, President Putin called on the Russian Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry, and other “specialized agencies” to analyze “the level of threat for our country created by the actions of the US and to take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetric response.”
The meeting was held to address Washington’s test-launch of a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 Kilometers earlier this week. The launch of such a missile would have been banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia that the US officially withdrew from earlier this month.
Putin had already warned that Moscow would take action to counter the threat from the new US missile.
The INF treaty had been signed in 1987, banning land-based missiles with ranges of between 500 to 5,500 kilometers.
Before withdrawing, the US accused Russia of violating the deal by developing a certain missile, whose specifics Moscow later publicized to prove Washington wrong.