Moscow will aim at command centers and decision-making rooms with its missile system if the Kremlin confirms the United States threat of deploying short and medium-range rockets in Europe.
The warning was made by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, during his State of the Nation speech in the parliament, a forum where he stressed that if the US plans are certain, Moscow will respond immediately, pointing its weapons not only to those European countries, but also to the “decision-making centers”.
“Russia will be forced to create and deploy new types of weapons that could be used not only against the territories where a direct threat to us comes from, but also against the territories where decision-making centers directing the use of missile systems threatening us are located”, he said.
The tensions which have risen since Washington unilateral withdraw from The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), have given a particular turn after a Putin´s tactical move “covertly” aimed at the United States.
“We know how to do it and we will implement these plans as soon as that threat becomes real,” he said.
Valdimir Putin pointed out that the measures will be both “symmetric and asymmetric”, since “some of the missiles” that Washington could deploy in Europe “have a 10-12 minutes flight time to Moscow.”
“This is a very big threat. This would radically aggravate the situation in the field of international security, “he said.
He stated that, in any case, Moscow “has no intention, and this is very important, to be the first to deploy such missiles in Europe.”
Putin also said that the Kremlin is still willing to negotiate with the US on strategic disarmament, but added that “it is not willing to knock a closed door.”
By announcing Russia withdraw from the INF Treaty earlier this month, in response to the unilateral US decision; the Russian president declared that he would not start new disarmament consultations with Washington.
Translated by: José Espinoza