Putin: Russia will attack USA if…
Putin creates new war of words with Washington
President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, that Russia will respond to any US deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the United States itself.
Russia claims that it won’t be the first to initiate any attacks. However, Putin alleged that Russia's reaction to any deployment would be firm and that U.S. policy-makers, warning the U.S. to calculate the risks before taking any steps that may lead to trouble.
"It's their right to think how they want. But can they count? I'm sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing," Putin said to his supporters.
Putin also asserts that his country “will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons which can be used not only in respect of those territories from which the direct threat to us (Russia) originates, but also in respect of those territories where the centres of decision-making are located.”
The strong Russian impute is against Alleged Russian violations, and Washington has proclaimed in February 2018 that it was suspending its obligations under the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and starting the process of quitting it, in a bid to commence developing of new missiles.
Russia denies violating the treaty and Putin responded said Russia would mirror the US moves by suspending its own obligations and quitting the pact.
Conclusively, Putin also avows however, that he was ready, reluctantly, to escalate if the United States escalated and that Russia was continuing to actively develop weapons and missile systems to ensure it was well prepared for such an eventuality.