President Vladimir Putin has shared that his nation is set to “end threats” directed towards Europe from United States defense posts across European territory.
The Mirror relays details about Putin’s vow shared earlier today.
“The leader vowed to adjust budget spending to neutralise its threats to Russia – and bolsters its forces in retaliation, stoking fears of a new Cold War or at worse WWIII. The United States and NATO switched on an $800million missile shield in Romania on Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states.”
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Russia is saying that the West is threatening the peace in Europe with their actions. However, the Kremlin indicates they are focused on Moscow, and their aim is to improve on its own nuclear capability. Putin spoke with the media, indicating they are set on going their “own way.”
“We’re not going to be dragged into this race. We’ll go our own way. We’ll work very accurately without exceeding the plans to finance the re-equipment of our Army and Navy, which have already been laid out for the next several years. But we’re going to make corrections to those plans to neutralize the rising threats to Russia’s security. Recent developments indicate that the situation isn’t getting better. Unfortunately, it’s deteriorating. I’m talking about the launch of the radar station in Romania as one of the elements of the up-and-coming US anti-missile defense program.”
As the publication shares, it is likely timing that has played a factor in the manner which Vladimir Putin has chosen to respond. The Russian leader is aware that Barack Obama’s time as president of the United States is coming to an end swiftly and has remained on relatively good terms with the president over his time in office. Putin is not looking to end the relationship with a face-off.
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Breaking News.ie shares the threat that the Russian leader feels is posed by the new missile project put in place by NATO and the United States.
“Russia has long described the US-led missile shield as a top security challenge. Russian military officials have said while the current system does not pose a threat to Russia’s massive nuclear missile force, it could erode the nation’s nuclear deterrent when it grows more powerful in the future.”
The system in question that is causing a threat to Putin includes a site in Romania that became operational on Thursday. In addition, there is a site in Poland where United States officials, along with those from Poland, broke ground for a facility that is set to be ready in 2018.
As the media outlet notes, Putin continued to explain his reasoning behind going about neutralizing the said threat.
“Just a few years ago, our partners in the West, in Europe and the United States, were all speaking in one voice, telling us that they need a missile defence system to protect from missile and nuclear threats from Iran. The threat is gone, but the creation of the missile defence system is continuing. [Russia] will do everything needed to ensure and preserve the strategic balance, which is the most reliable guarantee from large-scale military conflicts. Now, after the deployment of those missile defence elements, we will have to think about how we can fend off the threats to the Russian Federation’s security.”
As an additional response, reports share that the Russian military has talked about stationing its “state-of-the-art Iskander missiles” at the most western points of the Baltic regions of Kaliningrad, which border NATO members Poland and Lithuania.
News about Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s response continues to be reported on.
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