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Putin claims readiness for new Cuban missile crisis "if someone wanted that"

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian leader said he wouldn't like an arms race now, but that would become reality if the U.S. deployed its new missiles in Europe
16:50, 25 February 2020

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Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that his country was ready for a new bipolar military escalation like the 1962 Cuban crisis.

"Putin’s comments, made to Russian media late on Wednesday, follow his warning that Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both. Putin detailed his warning for the first time, saying Russia could deploy hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines which could lurk outside U.S. territorial waters if Washington now moved to deploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe", reads the story by Reuters.

“(We’re talking about) naval delivery vehicles: submarines or surface ships. And we can put them, given the speed and range (of our missiles)... in neutral waters. Plus they are not stationary, they move and they will have to find them,” Putin claimed as quoted by the Kremlin's press office. 

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The head of the Russian state mentioned the hypersonic missiles developed by the Russian military industry experts 0 in terms of the current tensions between the two global firepowers, the U.S. and Russia. "They (the tensions) are not a reason to ratchet up confrontation to the levels of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s. In any case that’s not what we want,” said Putin. “If someone wants that, well OK they are welcome. I have set out today what that would mean. Let them count (the missile flight times)", the Russian leader said.

Related: Putin: Hypersonic weapon makes idea of Russia’s deterrence meaningless

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