Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he has ordered government agencies to take “exhaustive measures to prepare a reciprocal response” to a missile test recently conducted by the United States.
According to Reuters, Putin said the missile used Monday in a test by the Pentagon, left “no doubts that the real intention” behind the U.S.’s recent decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was to “untie its hands to deploy previously banned missiles in different regions of the world.”
The cruise missile, which flew for more than 310 miles before reaching its target. This was the first test since the U.S. withdrew from the Cold War-era treaty.
Putin said the Trump administration’s plans to place missiles in the Asia-Pacific region “affects our core interests as it is close to Russia’s borders”. Putin reportedly said that Russia is still open to working with the U.S. to hash out security relations.