Russia could deploy missiles near West: Putin – FBC News

(Source: Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he could deploy conventional missiles within striking distance of the United States and its European allies if they allowed Ukraine to push deeper into Russia with long-range Western weapons.

Putin, during his first face-to-face meeting with editors-in-chief of international news agencies since the start of the war in Ukraine, said the West was wrong to assume that Russia would never use nuclear weapons, and that the Kremlin’s nuclear doctrine should not be taken lightly. .

When asked about NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg’s calls to allow Ukraine to use Western weapons to attack Russian territory, Putin distinguished between different missiles but warned that allowing Kiev to attack Russia attacking with increasingly powerful weapons was a serious escalation that led the West to war with Russia. Russia.

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Russia’s response, the 71-year-old Kremlin chief said, would be to shoot down the Western missiles, specifically mentioning the US ATACMS and British and French missile systems.

Putin also said Moscow was considering deploying similar high-tech long-range missiles close enough to hit the states that allowed Ukraine to attack Russian territory with such missiles.

Putin gave no details about where he is considering delivering such missiles.

President Joe Biden authorized Kiev to launch some US-supplied weapons at military targets in Russia. Washington still prohibits Kiev from attacking Russia with ATACMS, which have a range of up to 300 km, and other US-supplied long-range weapons.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron told Reuters during a visit to Kiev on May 3 that Ukraine has the right to use weapons supplied by Britain to attack targets in Russia, and that it is up to Kiev whether happens or not.