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Iranian court orders US to pay $245 million to victims of chemical weapons during Iran-Iraq War

The US backed Saddam Hussein’s war on Iran during the 1980s

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – An Iranian court demanded the US administration to pay $245 million to the victims of chemical attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran-Iraqi war of 1980-1988, Iran’s Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eje’i said Sunday.

“A number of people who have been harmed during the chemical bombing have filed lawsuits and a court has issued decrees for 18 of them who have been harmed or died and estimated their ransom,” Mohseni Eje’i was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.

In September 1980, Hussein started the invasion of Iran. The devastating war that followed only ended in 1988. An estimated 1.5 million people died in the conflict.

During the war Washington supported Iraq with monetary assistance, weaponry, intelligence, technology and also provided materials found by UN experts in the fragments of chemical weapons used by the Iraqi army in Iran.

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So is it $145 or $245 million?
Guys check before publishing.

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The United States committed major war crimes by supplying Iraq with chemlical and biological weapons during the Iraq-Iran war

https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2002-09-30-iraq-ushelp-list_x.htm
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2002-09-30-iraq-ushelp_x.htm
http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=241

These banned weapons of mass destrujctyion were used by Saddam Hussein against the Iranians…

The United States was thus responsible for the death and maining of hundreds of thousands of Iranians…

The United States is worse than a terrorist state – THE US IS A MAJOR AND REPEATED WAR CRIMINAL and should pay Iran BILLIONS IN WAR REPARATIONS FOR ITS OBSCENE ILLEGAL WAR CRIMES and CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY….

Ronald
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Ronald

And then the US provided the chemical weapons that Saddam used on the Kurds .
Hard to fathom the Kurds having any thing to do with America .

tjoes
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tjoes

Attacking the Kurds riled up Israel….and AIPAC tightened the grip on US balls. Plus, Saddam could implicate the US AND Israel in helping CW crimes. Reagan papers explain how we helped him and advised Saddam to co-mingle with conventional weapons, then they took control of the media to keep it out of the news.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

At that time and the years another known person was running around in Iraq to promote this war and CWs to Saddam: Mrs. Hillary R. Clinton.
What do you know!

Shahna
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Britain too.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Absolutely accurate assessment of the Useless State of Amnesia.
The most evil, degenerate nation on the earth, and, rest assured, her end is coming far sooner than most American citizens are willing to accept.

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Punisher 1

That is a good move. Not because I think they’ll get the money,I don’t. But because of the “symbolism” of it. It shows that the US isn’t the only country able to use court judgments to attack their enemies. For years now the US has used their internal US court system to claim they could use that to interfere in foreign countries. The Iranians are showing them that they aren’t the only ones to be able to do that.

Ronald
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Ronald

You have it spot on , “the symbolism” of it allows its significance to be introduced into the media , and consciousness , world wide . It is also repeatable by different groups , and nations , BRICS , etc .

John Mason
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John Mason

Now try to collect the money, best of luck.

Shahna
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They don’t have to collect it – just demand it’s paid before any American business does any business in Iran. … The Iranians should extend this to Britain.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Amazia is financially destitute, in trillions of dollars debt, for all her wars against any nation who has whatever Amazia wants, and is prepared to kill for. Amazia is the Sheriff of these psychotic tyrants, used to declare war on any who dare hold up the progress of those implementing the new world order, impede their global dictatorship. Unfortunately, those running the Middle Eastern governments are just as greed motivated, power crazed as the Amazians, English, etc., for nationalities, to these globalists, are irrelevant, we, the citizens, are just numbers in the machine. Those who have usurped control over our… Read more »

Shahna
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The British provided the chemical weapons and the Americans provided the targeting co-ordinates.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And don’t hold your breath waiting for the payment to be effected.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

All the perverse, crazed leaders of Amazing-less will do is write Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, whoever, a cheque, which is worthless, but shifts responsibility for the funding of any re-building, compensation straight back to the nation to whom the cheque is written. For, assuredly, as with all bank transfers, there is no actual shifting of GOLD! The GOLD always stays in the hands of the bankers, is loaned, through promissory notes, to the respective governments, who then have to issue the money themselves, which, in the final analysis, means all is paid for by the citizens, the workers of said nation,… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

There is a saying…no matter which way you turn, your fanny is always in the rear – i.e. you can’t win. Oh, yes we could if we really got together and stopped all that bickering and wasting time. I am sure you have read ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’…which gives a good insight as to how Washington et all operate.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

And yet we are led to believe, by those who control the media, education systems, the churches, etc., that we are smarter than the ape? Money is a fantasy, an illusion, which has no intrinsic value, and could, this year, reach it’s use by date, to be replaced by the card. As for your fanny always being behind you, as a bloke I don’t have that issue, but, rest assured, none of the simple people can win, because we are too scared of taking responsibility for our own life. We have squandered our freedom, passed the buck, allowed power crazed… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

We are too scared because we have been brainwashed to believe, that there is nothing one can do about anything, anyhow. We are being preached to remain passive and non violent while ‘they’ are armed to the teeth to fight us. I don’t buy this – I believe in “an eye for an eye” and we must not wait any longer.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Fear is the devil’s tool! We have been intellectually deadened through the medications in our food, the coke, Mc.Poisons, artificial colored, preservitized, nutrition-less foods, violence based brain washing through the perennial Kill-em- All Westerns and war movies, from Follywood, and Amazia’s citizens have, generally, lost their back bone. In fact it is the western nations, all, who are now mindless, spineless, moral-less scum bags, grovelling at the feet of all we fear; self imposed terror, too scared to fight the real enemy, the one within. There is not time for another revolution, and no one would come anyway, if one… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

When I said ‘they are armed to the teeth’, I most certainly did not refer to Muslims or such. Take a good look at how today’s police forces are ‘dressed’…armed to the teeth. These are the ‘they’ I am talking about. And ‘they’ will use their weapons against us any time, any place, any day.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Yes, what you are declaring here is one hundred percent correct, and that is a rather scary situation, where the police are now a military branch, armed with the latest weapons of mass destruction, to be used against the citizens of Amazia, R’stralia, Well Bitten, in their Forth Reich! I do include the vatican military; fanatic moslems who have been intentionally shipped across the world; invading many nations, Holland, Germany, France, etc., forming an internal army which will be used by the vatican to slaughter all who will not become members of the New World Church, which will be controlled… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

I’ll keep speaking up until I am six feet under. People might not always agree with my point of view – it is their prerogative, but I most certainly will continue to call it as I see it. I am still very capable of thinking for myself and this is what rubs so many the wrong way. Too bad. I totally mistrust the so-called ‘experts’, who – for the most part, seem intent on leading us down the wrong path. Always wonder who pays them.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

May God bless you for your integrity, your stance for sanity, and one is with you in our fight against the morons, demons, psychopaths and ‘religious’ lunatics who are intent on global dictatorship. Amazia is the gun of the beast; Cain was of his father, the devil, and there is no hope of reversing this oncoming storm, because the bulk of the population have no idea what is being done to them, by those they trusting elected. One suggests, behind all the chaos, we find the ‘church’, the mother of harlots, as it is the fortress of evil fighting against… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

You know the saying…religion is the root of all evil.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Absolutely, ‘religion’, from Latin, ‘religio’, means a covering. A covering can provide protection from threats, but, it also can be a means to hide people from Truth, blind them to Light, allowing them to shift responsibility for their personal walk by getting artificial, money seeking intercessors, betwixt themselves and Truth, to supposedly guide them, Spiritually, into Heaven. Heaven is within, and each of us have to give account for how we conduct ourselves whilst here, in this life. Religion is, without doubt, the root of all evil, as it has been perverted into big business, with many intercessors. Satan wants… Read more »

gmatch
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gmatch

We need a Nuremberg!

yoo
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yoo

It Should be done, everyone is accountable for any life Loss
No-one should be set free of Murder.

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Photos of swastika on Ukrainian mall stairway creates a stir [Video]

Ukrainian nationalist press in damage-control mode to explain away the Nazi sign, but they forgot the name of the street the mall is on.

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One of the aspects of news about Ukraine that does not make it past the gatekeepers of the American and Western news media is how a significant contingent of Ukrainian nationalists have espoused a sense of reverence for Nazis. The idea that this could even happen anywhere in the world in an open manner makes the claim seem too absurd to be taken seriously. Gone are the days when the Nazi swastika adorned streets and buildings in Europe. Right?

Well, maybe, wrong.

This was seen in Kyiv’s Gorodok (or Horodok, if you insist) Gallery, a shopping center in that city, located on Bandera Avenue.

The pro-nationalist news service UNIAN wasted no time going to press with their explanation of this incident, which admittedly may be accurate:

Children and teenagers who participated in the All-Ukrainian break dance festival held in the Kyiv-based Gorodok Gallery shopping mall were shocked to see a swastika image projected onto an LED staircase.

The mall administration apologized to visitors, explaining saying that their computer system had apparently been hacked.

“The administration and staff have no relation to whatever was projected onto the LED-staircase, and in no way does it support such [an] act. Now we are actively searching for those involved in the attack,” it said in a statement.

According to Gorodok Gallery’s administrative office, it was not the first time a cyber breach took place.

As reported earlier, Ukraine is believed to be a testing ground for cyberattacks, many of which are launched from Russia. Hackers have earlier targeted critical energy infrastructure, state institutions, banks, and large businesses.

This time, it appears, hackers aimed to feed the Kremlin’s narrative of “Nazis in power in Ukraine” and create a relevant hype-driving viral story for Russian media to spread it worldwide.

The Gorodok Gallery also apologized on its Facebook page and said that this was a result of hacking.

But what about the street that the mall is on? From the self-same Facebook page, this is what we see:


To translate, for those who do not read Ukrainian or Russian, the address says the following:

23 Steven Bandera Prospekt, Kyiv, Ukraine 04073

This street was formerly called “Moscow Avenue.” Big change, as we shall see.

Steven Bandera got his birthday designated as a national holiday in Ukraine last December. He is known in Ukraine’s history for one thing. According to the Jerusalem Post:

The street where the shopping mall is located is named for Stepan Bandera, a Ukrainian nationalist who briefly collaborated with Nazi Germany in its fight against Russia.

His troops are believed to have killed thousands of Jews.

Several Israeli papers picked this bit of news up, and of course, the reasons are understandable. However, for the West, it appears possible that this news event will largely go unnoticed, even by that great nation that is often called “Israel’s proxy”, the United States.

This is probably because for certain people in the US, there is a sense of desperation to mask the nature of events that are happening in Ukraine.

The usual fare of mainstream news for the West probably consists of things like “Putin’s military seizes innocent Ukrainian sailors in Kerch incident” or, “Ukraine’s Orthodox Church declared fully independent by Patriarch of Constantinople” (not that too many Americans know what a Constantinople even is, anyway), but the overriding narrative for the American people about this country is “Ukraine are the good guys, and Russia are the bad guys,” and this will not be pushed aside, even to accommodate the logical grievance of Israel to this incident.

If this article gets to Western papers at all, it will be the UNIAN line they adhere to, that evil pro-Russia hackers caused this stairway to have a swastika to provoke the idea that Ukraine somehow supports Naziism.

But UNIAN neglected to mention that the street name was recently changed to Stephan Bandera (in 2016), and no one appears to have hacked this. Nor does UNIAN talk about the Azov fighters that openly espoused much of the Nazi ideology. For nationalist Ukrainians, this is all for the greater good of getting rid of all things Russia.

A further sad fact about this is the near impossibility of getting assuredly honest and neutral information about this and other similar happenings. Both Ukrainian nationalists and Russian media agencies have dogs in the race, so to speak. They are both personally connected to these events. However, the Russian media cannot be discounted here, because they do offer a witness and perspective, probably the closest to any objective look at what is going on in Ukraine. We include a video of a “torchlight march” that took place in 2017 that featured such hypernationalist activity, which is not reported in the West.

More such reports are available, but this one seemed the best one to summarize the character of what is going on in the country.

While we do not know the motive and identities of whoever programmed the swastika, it cannot really be stated that this was just a random publicity stunt in a country that has no relationship with Nazi veneration.

The street the mall is on bears witness to that.

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It’s Back to the Iran-Contra Days Under Trump

Abrams and his cronies will not stop with Venezuela.

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Showing that he is adopting the neoconservative playbook every day he remains in office, Donald Trump handed the neocons a major win when he appointed Iran-contra scandal felon Elliott Abrams as his special envoy on Venezuela. Abrams pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information on the secret sale of US weapons for cash to help illegally supply weapons to the Nicaraguan right-wing contras, who were battling against the government of President Daniel Ortega. Abrams would have headed to a federal prison, but President George H. W. Bush, an unindicted co-conspirator in the scandal, issued pardons to Abrams and his five fellow conspirators – former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, and former Central Intelligence Agency officials Alan Fiers, Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, and Clair George – on Christmas Eve 1991, during the final weeks of Bush’s lame duck administration.

Abrams escaped being charged with more serious crimes by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh because he cut a last-minute deal with federal prosecutors. Trump, who has made no secret of his disdain for cooperating federal witnesses, would have normally called Abrams a “rat,” a gangster term meaning informant. The man who helped engineer the pardons for Abrams and his five convicted friends was none other than Bush’s Attorney General, William Barr, who has just been sworn in as Trump’s Attorney General. Trump, who is always decrying the presence of the “deep state” that thwarts his very move, has become the chief guardian of that entity.

During a recent hearing of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, newly-minted congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, reminded her colleagues and the world about the sordid background of Abrams.

Omar zeroed in on Abrams’s criminal history:

“Mr. Abrams, in 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful.”

Abrams, as is the nature of neocons, refused to respond to Omar and cited her comments as “personal attacks.”

Abrams’s and his fellow criminals’ use of mercenaries and “death squads” to conduct secret wars in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala during the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s has made a re-entrance under Trump. Abrams was brought on board by neocons like National Security Adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to oversee a US military build-up in Colombia, said to be 5000 US troops, to support Venezuelan paramilitary and military efforts to topple President Nicolas Maduro. Abrams and Bolton are also believed to have retained the services of another unindicted conspirator in the Iran-contra affair, Michael Ledeen, a colleague of the disgraced and convicted former Trump National Security Adviser, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Ledeen and Flynn co-authored a book titled, “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and its Allies.” The book contains nothing more than the standard neocon tripe one might expect from the likes of Ledeen.

An official investigation of the Iran-contra scandal by the late Republican Senator John Tower of Texas concluded that Abrams’s and Ledeen’s friend, Iranian-Jewish middleman Manucher Ghorbanifar, a long-time Mossad asset and well-known prevaricator, was extremely instrumental in establishing the back-channel arms deals with Iran. Ghorbanifar has long been on the CIA “burn list” as an untrustworthy charlatan, along with others in the Middle East of similar sketchy credentials, including the Iraq’s Ahmad Chalabi, Syria’s Farid “Frank” Ghadry, and Lebanon’s Samir “Sami” Geagea. These individuals, however, were warmly embraced by neocons like Abrams and his associates.

Abrams, whose links with Israeli intelligence has always been a point of consternation with US counter-intelligence officials, is part of an old cabal of right-wing anti-Soviet Democrats who coalesced around Senator Henry Jackson in the 1970s. Along with Abrams, this group of war hawks included Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney, William Kristol, Douglas Feith, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Abram Shulsky, and Paul Wolfowitz. Later, this group would have its fingerprints on major US foreign policy debacles, ranging from Nicaragua and Grenada to Lebanon, Iraq, and Libya. Later, in December 2000, these neocons managed to convince president-elect George W. Bush of the need to “democratize” the Middle East. That policy would later bring not democracy but disaster to the Arab Middle East and North Africa.

Abrams and his cronies will not stop with Venezuela. They have old scores to settle with Nicaraguan President Ortega. The initiation of “regime change” operations in Nicaragua, supported by the CIA and the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami, have been ongoing for more than a year.

The Trump administration has already achieved a regime change victory of sorts in El Salvador. Nayib Bukele, the former mayor of San Salvador, who was expelled from the formerly-ruling left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation (FMLN) party and joined the right-wing GANA party, was recently elected president of El Salvador. Bukele has quickly re-aligned his country’s policies with those of the Trump administration. Bukele has referred to President Maduro of Venezuela as a “dictator.” He has also criticized the former FMLN government’s recognition of China and severance of diplomatic ties with Taiwan. It will be interesting to see how a sycophant like Bukele will politically survive as Trump continues to call hapless asylum-seeking migrants from his country, who seek residency in the United States, “rapists, gang monsters, murderers, and drug smugglers.”

Another country heading for a US-installed “banana republic” dictator is Haiti. President Jovenal Moise has seen rioting in the streets of Port-au-Prince as the US State Department removed all “non-essential” personnel from the country. Moise, whose country has received $2 billion in oil relief from Venezuela, to help offset rising fuel prices, has continued to support the Maduro government. However, at the US-run and neo-colonial artifice, the Organization of American States (OAS), Moise’s envoys have been under tremendous pressure to cut ties with Venezuela and recognize the US puppet Juan Guaido as Venezuelan president. Moise’s refusal to do so resulted in armed gangs hitting the streets of Port-au-Prince demanding Moise’s resignation. It is the same neocon “regime change” playbook being used in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

There will be similar attempts to replace pro-Maduro governments in his remaining allies in the region. These include Suriname, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Abrams was also brought in as an adviser on Middle East policy in the George W. Bush administration. The carnage of Iraq is a stark testament to his record. In 2005, it was reported that two key Bush White House officials – Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliot Abrams – gave a “wink and a nod” for the assassinations by Israeli-paid operatives of three key Lebanese political figures seeking a rapprochement with Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah – Member of Parliament Elie Hobeika, former Lebanese Communist Party chief George Hawi, and former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In 2008, a United Nations panel headed by former Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare later concluded Hariri was assassinated by a “criminal network” and not by either Syrian and Lebanese intelligence or Lebanese Hezbollah as proffered by Abrams and his friends in Washington.

Representative Omar was spot on in questioning why Abrams, whose name is as disgraced as his two fellow conspirators – Oliver North and John Poindexter – whose criminal convictions were overturned on appeal, is working for the Trump administration on Venezuela. The answer is that the neocons, who can sense, like raptors, Trump’s political weakness, have filled the vacuum left by top-level vacancies in the administration.

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Putin: If mid-range missiles deployed in Europe, Russia will station arms to strike decision centers

Putin: If US deploys mid-range missiles in Europe, Russia will be forced to respond.

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If the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Moscow will respond by stationing weapons aimed not only against missiles themselves, but also at command and control centers, from which a launch order would come.

The warning came from President Vladimir Putin, who announced Russia’s planned actions after the US withdraws from the INF Treaty – a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow which banned both sides form having ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles and developing relevant technology.

The US is set to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty in six months, which opens the possibility of once again deploying these missiles in Europe. Russia would see that as a major threat and respond with its own deployments, Putin said.

Intermediate-range missiles were banned and removed from Europe because they would leave a very short window of opportunity for the other side to decide whether to fire in retaliation after detecting a launch – mere minutes. This poses the threat of an accidental nuclear exchange triggered by a false launch warning, with the officer in charge having no time to double check.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy weapon systems, which can be used not only against the territories from which this direct threat would be projected, but also against those territories where decision centers are located, from which an order to use those weapons against us may come.” The Russian president, who was delivering a keynote address to the Russian parliament on Wednesday, did not elaborate on whether any counter-deployment would only target US command-and-control sites in Europe or would also include targets on American soil.

He did say the Russian weapon system in terms of flight times and other specifications would “correspond” to those targeting Russia.

“We know how to do it and we will implement those plans without a delay once the relevant threats against us materialize,”he said.

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