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

Via RT…


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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Normski1
Normski1
February 20, 2019

You can bet your life if push comes to shove , Russia WILL have missiles pointed at Washington, The Pentagon and New York plus ALL NATO command centres in Europe!.

You can call me AL
You can call me AL
Reply to  Normski1
February 20, 2019

As a Brit and a European, I see no problem with that at all as he and Russia are not the guilty guys nor the provocateurs.

euclides de oliveira pinto neto
euclides de oliveira pinto neto
February 20, 2019

Não pode deixar os USA Inc. de fora… eles fazem questão de receber alguns mísseis no seu território… basbacas serão os europeus se permitirem colocar míssis ofensivos nos seus territórios… sabem que serão varridos do mapa…

scrdmgl
scrdmgl
February 20, 2019

For the first time, I’m inclined to believe that Mr. Putin is not telling us the truth and that for a number of years, missile bases have being already pointed and made ready to pulverize NATO’s European allies. Any other alternative, would be suicidal given the encircling of Russia from all points in the compass.
Who can blame them, what is truly surprising is the apathy of the population in the affected countries, at being marked for complete obliteration. Of course, the US is an inescapable priority target.

william
william
February 20, 2019

The US could not beat the Taliban, AlQueda, or ISIS((1) the RUSSIANS beat them (2) ISIS IS ISrael/CIA)
SO what the F—- did the US think Russia was going to do? Just SIT there?
PUT Bolton, Pompeo, Halley, and ALL the neocon-Chickenhawks into the Front Lines.

craig watson
February 25, 2019

Russia has listed its major nuke targets in the USA, firing the hypersonic Avangard from its stealth, undetectable diesel-electric subs only miles off the USA coast, reaching targets in less than 5 minutes:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-russia/after-putins-warning-russian-tv-lists-nuclear-targets-in-u-s-idUSKCN1QE1DM.

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