Russia has threatened to deploy medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe, which it says is a response to what Moscow believes NATO is planning. The warning was issued by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov at a time when Russia threatens the West and Ukraine.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow will have to act if the West refuses to join the moratorium on intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe. Ryabkov told RIA that the lack of progress toward a political and diplomatic solution would prompt Russia to respond militarily and use military technology. “It will be a confrontation, another round,” he said, referring to the deployment of Russian missiles.
The use of intermediate-range nuclear weapons – from 500 to 5,500 kilometers – was banned in Europe by the 1987 treaty between then-Soviet leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan. Washington withdrew from the agreement in 2019 over accusations that Russia was working on a ground-based maneuverable missile that Moscow describes as the 9M729.
Russia accuses NATO of plans to deploy missiles in Eastern Europe
Ryabkov emphasized that there were “indirect indications” that NATO was on the way to redeploying intermediate-range missiles, including last month’s rebuilding of the 56th Artillery Command that operated Pershing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during the Cold War.
NATO has declared that there will be no new American missiles in Europe, and is ready to frighten the new Russian missiles with a “balanced” response that includes only conventional weapons.
But Ryabkov said Russia had a “total distrust” of NATO. They do not allow themselves to do anything that could somehow increase our security, and they think that they can act as they want, only for their own good. We have to accept it and deal with it. He added that it would not continue in this way.
Last week, Ryabkov threatened that tensions in Russia’s relations with the United States over Ukraine threaten a repeat of the 1962 Cuban crisis, which threatened nuclear war between the Soviet Union and America. – It could really happen. If the situation continues as it is now, it is quite possible, according to the logic of events, that we will suddenly wake up in a similar situation – said Ryabkov at that time.
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