Moscow, DEC 6: — President Vladimir V. Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia will respond in kind if the United States decides to develop new intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Putin accused the United States of making up excuses for pulling out of the pact.
In interview remarks, Mr. Putin took the familiar tack of complaining that the West was unfairly singling out Russia for what he called a ‘reckless decision’. First, the American side said that, it intended to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and only then did it start looking for reasons they should do so,” Mr. Putin said.
“We do not agree with the destruction of this deal,” he said. “But if this happens, we will react accordingly.”
The United States and its NATO allies have said that, Washington has abided by the treaty, while Russia violated it by developing and deploying a cruise missile system.