Original title: Putin: if the United States deploys medium range missiles in Europe, Russia will target the receiving country.
Oct. 25 - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that if the United States deploys medium-range missiles in Europe, Russia will have to target those countries that receive them. Earlier, U.S. President Trump announced over the weekend that he intended to opt out of the 1987 nuclear weapons control agreement.
According to the Associated Press and Russia's Satellite News Network, Putin said at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Konte on the 24th that Russia could quickly and effectively respond to the withdrawal of the United States from the China-Route Treaty. Putin said that Russia is ready to cooperate with its US partners on the issue of retaining the China-Navigation Treaty (NATO) by "eliminating all hysteria". What matters is what decisions are made after that.
Putin said Moscow is worried about the U.S. withdrawal from arms control agreements and that an arms race will occur if these agreements break down. At the same time, Putin also said he hoped the US would not deploy medium range missiles in Europe. He said that if deployed, this will be a repetition of the cold war duel in 1980s. Putin said, "if they deploy central guidance in Europe, we will naturally get a physical response." "European countries should understand what this means, and it is clear that they will expose their territory to the threat of retaliatory attacks."
Putin expressed the hope that during the November 11 meeting with Trump in Paris, the issue of the United States'claim to withdraw from the INF Treaty would be discussed. At the same time, he refuted Trump's accusation that Russia had violated the INF Treaty. "What are the formal reasons why our partners in the INF Treaty intend to withdraw from the treaty? Accusing us of violating the treaty, but as usual, there is no evidence. The United States has violated the Treaty by deploying a missile defense system in Romania and using Aegis launchers to deploy them on the ground and on the territory.
In response to Putin's statement, NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg told a news conference that NATO does not intend to increase its deployment of nuclear weapons in Europe. It is learnt that the EU regards the Treaty as the cornerstone of European security and urges Russia and the United States to adhere to it. But Stoltenberg did not encourage the United States, NATO's largest and most influential member, to remain in the treaty.
Commenting on the U.S. plan to withdraw from the NATO Treaty, Toltenberg said the reason for the U.S. move was Russia's policy. He said: "NATO does not want to fight a new cold war, so we must address our repeated concerns about Russia's new missiles, and allow Russia to openly and verifiably implement the INF Treaty." "We will certainly assess the consequences of new weapons developed by Russia on NATO and NATO members," he added. But I do not think allies will deploy more nuclear weapons in Europe in response to Russia's new rockets. "
U.S. President Trump earlier indicated that the United States intends to withdraw from the China-Navigation Treaty, accused Russia of violating the treaty, and said that the United States needs to develop weapons restricted by the treaty. Russia's Press Secretary Perskov responded by saying Moscow wanted the United States to give a more detailed explanation of the situation and pointed out that the breakdown of the China-Navigation Treaty would force Russia to take measures to safeguard its own security. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stressed that there is reaction force on the issue.
It is understood that the "China-Navigation Treaty" is the full name of the "US-Soviet Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Short-Range Missiles between the United States and the Soviet Union", signed by President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev in Washington on December 8, 1987. Under the treaty, Russia and the United States are prohibited from testing, producing and possessing short-range missiles with a range of 500 to 1000 kilometres, as well as medium-range missiles with a range of 1,000 to 5,500 kilometres, including conventional and nuclear warhead missiles and land-based missile launchers. The United States and Russia have repeatedly accused each other of violating the treaty in recent years. (compile / overseas network Hou Xingchuan)
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