News i Agency – Moscow: We can not ignore the US missile threat

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the deployment of US short-range and medium-range surface-to-air missiles in various parts of the world was a provocative move, according to News i Agency International Group.

According to the Russian news agency "Dice" "It is clear that the deployment of US short-range and medium-range surface-to-air missiles in the world is seriously undermining regional and global security," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on the occasion of the US withdrawal from the Treaty on the Prohibition of Short-Range Nuclear Missiles. It triggers a dangerous new phase in the arms race. "Russia can not ignore the emergence of more missile threats against its territory, which is of strategic importance to this country."

"The only reasonable step we can take is to reach a mutually acceptable political and diplomatic agreement," he said. Russia is ready to restore trust and strengthen international security and strategic stability. "We hope there will be a similar interest and sense of responsibility on the part of the United States."

The treaty barred the United States and Russia from acquiring, producing or test-launching short-range surface-to-air missiles (1,000-5000 km) and shorter-range missiles (100-500 km), but the United States and Russia, after months of accusing each other of violating the terms. This treaty was officially withdrawn.

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's representative to international organizations in Vienna, Austria, also tweeted that US President Donald Trump's administration had withdrawn from bilateral and international treaties.

"As for disputes over the implementation of arms control agreements, we are ready to resolve them through negotiations," he wrote in a Twitter message in response to the Americans' claim that Russia was not adhering to arms control agreements. (More details)

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