Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin confirmed Moscow’s intention to respond in case the United States deployed new missiles in Europe in light of the expiration of the “missile treaty” between Moscow and Washington.
In an interview with “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” newspaper on Sunday, Fomin said: “In the event that the United States does not respond to our invitation and begins deploying its missiles in Europe, we reserve our right to take appropriate response steps”.
The Russian military official reminded that Moscow had offered the United States to join the Russian ban on the deployment of medium and short-range missiles to reduce the negative consequences of the destruction of the Russian-US “missile treaty” by Washington.
He added that the two countries’ agreement on mutual control measures over weapons, about which each side previously expressed concern, could contribute greatly to the realization of the Russian proposals.
On August 2, 2019, the United States officially ended its participation in the Intermediate and Short-Range Missile Treaty, which had restricted this type of weapon since the late 1980s.
Washington has accused Moscow of violating this treaty by deploying winged missiles of the “Iskander-M” system.
However, Moscow has repeatedly asserted that the range of the mentioned missiles did not violate the treaty, directing at the same time corresponding observations on the American side.
On February 5, 2019, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Moscow would respond to Washington’s decision to stop its participation in the missile treaty by developing a ground version of the “Caliber” long-range winged missile system, as well as a ground-based long-range hypersonic missile system.