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Putin: "symmetrical response" to the US missile

China is also getting ready

The Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in Washington in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Michail Gorbacev to put an end to the use of intermediate range nuclear missiles installed by the US and the USSR on European territory; in 1991 the two superpowers banned these weapons.

After several accusations made to Russia not to respect the agreements, the United States officially left the treaty on August 2, 2019 (see AVIONEWS). A few days later they tested a missile previously prohibited (see AVIONEWS) although China promised retaliation in the event of rockets being deployed by the US (see AVIONEWS) and Moscow itself urged Washington to pursue a moratorium on nuclear weapons (see AVIONEWS).

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised a "symmetrical response" to the American test on Sunday August 25 and declared at a meeting of his Security Council on August 23: "I order the Russian Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs to analyze the threat level created for our country by US actions and to take global measures to prepare a symmetrical response".

Even China has almost completed the set-up of the new DF-17 ballistic hypersonic missile faster than sound, capable of penetrating US anti-missile shields and difficult to intercept by defense systems.

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