Russian President Putin warned US for pulls out of weapons treaties
Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of a new arms race if the United States pulls out of weapons treaties, and said Russia would respond “in kind” to any new US missiles placed on European soil.
At the weekend, US President Donald Trump sparked concerns globally when he said he would ditch a key Cold Warera nuclear weapons pact, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, as reported by China Daily.
The deal marked the first pact reached by Washington and Moscow on nuclear disarmament and a major step forward in restricting the arms race.
Speaking after hosting Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday, Putin warned that abandoning the treaty, and failure to extend another key arms control agreement known as the New START, would unleash a new arms race and put Europe in danger.
Putin said dismantling a global arms control system was “very dangerous”, adding Russia was concerned about the fact that the US had already abandoned the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, planned to ditch the INF, and that the future of the New START was unclear.
“There would be nothing left except an arms race,” he said on Wednesday at a news conference after talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
The Russian president said that if Washington moved to abandon the INF and placed more missiles in Europe, Russia would respond “in kind”. “Will we be able to respond?” he said. “Yes, we will and this will be very quick and effective.”
Putin said any European countries agreeing to host US missiles would be at risk of a Russian attack. “These are obvious things,” the Russian leader said.
“We will return to the situation with the Pershing missiles in Europe,” he added, referring to US missiles stationed in Western Europe in the 1980s.
Putin accused the US of violating the INF treaty which Trump has said Russia is in breach of, as reported by China Daily.