Putin orders reciprocal Russian response to US missile test

Putin said Russia could not stand idly by, and that US talk of deploying new missiles in the Asia-Pacific region. (File photo: AFP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday told the Defense Ministry and other government agencies to analyze the threat posed by a new US missile test and to prepare a reciprocal response.

The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km (310 miles) of flight, the first such test since the United States pulled out of a major arms control treaty with Russia on Aug. 2.

Putin said Russia could not stand idly by, and that US talk of deploying new missiles in the Asia-Pacific region “affects our core interests as it is close to Russia’s borders,” according to a transcript of his remarks on the Kremlin website.

“As you know, we have never wanted, do not want and will not get involved in a costly, destructive arms race,” Putin said.

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