Russia says US missile deployments in Asia would be a threat

This Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 photo provided by the US Defense Department shows the launch of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile off the coast of California. (File photo: AP)

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that a possible US deployment of missiles in the Asia-Pacific region would pose a threat to international security.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said earlier this month that he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon.

“U.S. actions are creating a threat for international security,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a weekly televised briefing.

Esper, who was confirmed as Pentagon chief on July 23, wouldn’t detail possible deployment locations in Asia, saying it would depend on discussions with allies and other factors.

On Monday, the Pentagon said that the US military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54