Russian Ambassador: ‘Russia will respond to the launch of U.S. missiles in the Asia-Pacific region’

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According to the Russian ambassador, Moscow seeks to convince the United States that the lack of dialogue on the reduction of arms is dangerous. However, given the lack of progress on the issue, Russia and the United States are approaching an arms race.

Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said on Saturday that Moscow would respond to the launch of medium and short-range missiles by Washington in the Asia-Pacific region.

“If American missiles are deployed in the Asia-Pacific region, and it was confirmed to me again yesterday (16) that such missiles would be deployed, then the range of these missiles would reach the Russian Federation, covering strategic targets of tactical nuclear deterrence” Antonov said live for Channel One Russia.

The United States abandoned the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia in August 2019.

The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the last major arms control agreement between the United States and Russia, expires on February 5, 2021.

Anatoly Antonov said that Russia has made unilateral commitments not to deploy medium and short-range missiles until the United States deploys such missiles in any region.

“Yesterday, I received confirmation once again that this is what will happen [o lançamento de mísseis dos EUA] and said that, of course, appropriate measures will be taken on the Russian side, “the Russian ambassador to the USA told Channel One Russia.

“The Americans are confident that they will win the arms race, they are confident that they will complete the previous policy of tearing the Russian economy apart. And despite my constant assertions that this path is dangerous, that dialogue is necessary, I have been unsuccessful in convince current American politicians, at least those primarily responsible for arms control, “said Antonov.

  • A deactivated ICBM Titan II nuclear missile is seen in a silo at the Missile Museum Titan. May 12, 2015, Green Valley, Arizona

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  • A deactivated ICBM Titan II nuclear missile is seen in a silo at the Missile Museum Titan (reference image)

    A deactivated ICBM Titan II nuclear missile is seen in a silo at the Missile Museum Titan (reference image)

    © AFP 2020 / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

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A deactivated ICBM Titan II nuclear missile is seen in a silo at the Missile Museum Titan. May 12, 2015, Green Valley, Arizona

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