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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered the Ministry of Defense and other government agencies to analyze the threat posed by the US trial with a cruise missile, conducted on August 18, and prepare for a " reciprocal response. "
The Pentagon confirmed that a Tomahawk cruise missile hit its target 500 kilometers away last Sunday, the first missile test developed by the United States since the country abandoned the nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia (INF) ) August 2nd.
At a meeting of the Security Council, Putin said Russia could not stand idly by and that the US intention to deploy intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region "affect our core interests as they are close to Russian borders, "according to a transcript of his comments on the Kremlin website.
"As you know, we have never wanted, we do not want and we will not get involved in an expensive and destructive arms race," Putin added.
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