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Putin orders 'symmetrical response' to US missile test
By: Lukas Mikelionis | Fox News - 8-23-19

Trump administration says Russia made no efforts to comply with INF treaty
The U.S. follows through on warnings to Moscow and withdraws from the Reagan-era nuclear treaty with Russia; Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he ordered his military to prepare for a “symmetrical response” after the U.S. tested a missile that was banned under a U.S.-Russia treaty.

The Pentagon revealed Monday that it tested a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile over the weekend off the coast of California.

The test, where the missile was launched from San Nicolas Island and accurately struck its target after flying more than 310 miles, signals the resumption of an arms competition that some worry could increase U.S.-Russia tensions after the two world powers abandoned a long-standing treaty earlier this month.

Putin lashed out against the test and issued a warning to the U.S. that any potential plan of deploying American missiles in the Asia-Pacific region “affects our core interests as it is close to Russia's borders," according to a transcript of his remarks on the Kremlin’s website.

“As you know, we have never wanted, do not want and will not get involved in a costly, destructive arms race,” Putin said.

“Study the level of threat posed by these US actions and take exhaustive measures to prepare a symmetrical response.” By - Vladimir Putin

He added that he ordered the military to “study the level of threat posed by these US actions and take exhaustive measures to prepare a symmetrical response.”

This is the second reaction by Putin to the U.S. missile test. Putin said Wednesday that the test means “the emergence of new threats, to which we will react accordingly.”

The Trump administration, which gave its six-month notice on Feb. 2 of its pending withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, had repeatedly said Russia was violating its provisions, an accusation then-President Barack Obama made as well.

"The United States will not remain party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in announcing the formal withdrawal in early August, calling a Russian missile system prohibited under the agreement a "direct threat to the United States and our allies."

Russia said earlier this month, following the demise of the INF treaty, that it would only deploy new intermediate-range missiles if the U.S. does.

The INF Treaty, which was signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned the production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (310 to 3,410 miles).

Such weapons were seen as particularly destabilizing because of the shorter time they take to reach targets compared with intercontinental ballistic missiles, raising the likelihood of a nuclear conflict over a false launch alert.


Personal note: And so this crap begins again. Schools will have to start the duck and cover programs of which will mean little with today's weapons. Why can't we ever find a way to work for the betterment of mankind - rather than plan ways to kill off humanity and poison the world. It's a sickness with today's Leader's. Once they destroy the world then whomever survives will say - Why - did this have to happen!? It's called Insecurity! And because I Can - the story of mankind is looking very grim.


O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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