Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the US missile tests may be viewed as a “new threat,” reported Bernama.
Speaking at a press conference in Helsinki Wednesday, President Putin commented on recent US new ground-based cruise missile, conducted last week. “These missiles can be launched from launchers that are already located in Romania and should be located in Poland in the near future.”
“It is enough only to change the software (for a new type of launch). For us, this means that there is a new threat to which me must respond appropriately,” he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated earlier that the missile launch proves the US has been developing the missile systems previously restricted by the INF Treaty, an agreement signed by the US and Soviet Union in 1987 to restrict the developing and deploying of the short and intermediate-range missiles which came to an end on August 2.
“The day before, such a system was used to test the product, violating the INF Treaty, and the system has been deployed in Romania for many years, Russian Foreign Minister said.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website