MOSCOW, ($1=71.08 Russian Rubles) – The United States deploys strike systems, including medium-range and short-range missiles, at missile defense facilities in Poland and Romania, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Russian President Vladimir Putin statement.
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“There may also be medium-range and short-range missiles. Why not? Has anyone reacted to our statement that we will not have such missiles in the European part if we produce them, but let them tell us that no one from the United States and Europe will do that. No, after all, they are not responding,” Putin said at a meeting of the Valdai discussion club in Sochi.
Putin noted that US missile defense facilities in Poland and Romania are equipped with Aegis launchers. According to him, nothing prevents the United States from deploying Tomahawk cruise missiles there.
In Poland and Romania, they have installed missile defense systems, but with Aegis launchers that can be fitted with Tomahawks – strike systems. And it’s easy, at the touch of a button. You just have to change the software, no one will even notice,” said the President of the Russian Federation.
“We’re adults. All the adults are sitting here. What do we do in this situation?” Putin said.
Earlier, Moscow had repeatedly stated that missile defense facilities in Poland and Romania could be used to deploy strike weapons. This was denied in Washington.
On August 2, 2019, the United States formally terminated its participation in the Medium-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty [INF Treaty]. Earlier, they accused Russia of violating the treaty. Moscow has denied the allegations and filed a lawsuit against the United States.
Washington had claims to the Russian 9M729 cruise missile for the Iskander-M operational-tactical complex. The Iskander-M complex is in service with the missile brigades of the Land Forces of the Russian Federation. Equipped with cruise and ballistic missiles. The missiles of the complex can carry a nuclear warhead.
Moscow has repeatedly stressed that the range of Iskander-M missiles does not violate the INF Treaty.
The INF treaty prohibits the production, testing, and deployment of medium-range [1000 to 5500 km[ and shorter surface-to-air ballistic and cruise missiles [500 to 1000 km], as well as launchers for them.
Last year, Putin proposed negotiating a moratorium on the deployment of new medium-range and short-range missiles in Europe. Putin then said that Russia was ready to commit itself to not deploying 9M729 missiles in the European part, subject to reciprocal steps by NATO.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier that in response to the US decision to suspend its participation in the INF Treaty, Russia will develop a ground-based version of the Caliber complex with a long-range cruise missile in 2019-2020. as well as a long-range hypersonic surface-to-air missile system.
In April 2019, the Russian General Staff announced that the United States could deploy Tomahawk cruise missiles with new nuclear warheads in missile defense facilities in Romania and Poland, as well as in Japan.
“First of all, this applies to the Aegis Ashor surface-to-air missile defense systems. Today they operate in Romania, shortly will be located in Poland and Japan,” the Chief of the Main Operations Department of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Victor Poznihir said.
“Aegis Ashore ground complexes include MK-41 universal launchers. Their feature is the ability to load both Standard-3 interceptor missiles and Tomahawk long-range cruise missiles, for which new nuclear warheads are being developed,” he said at the time.
According to Poznihir, the container method for loading Mk-41 launchers essentially excludes the possibility of controlling the option of their combat equipment with the help of technical control means.
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