Russian President Vladimir Putin is vowing to respond in kind to a US plan to deploy an anti-missile defense system near its borders.
“We will be forced to aim our armed forces … at those territories from where the threat comes,” Reuters quotes him as saying.
Earlier, Putin announced Russia will add more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to its nuclear arsenal this year.
Moscow is reacting to US plans to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO member states on Russia’s border which Putin calls the most aggressive act by Washington since the Cold War.
ICBMs have a minimum range of more than 5,500 kilometers but Putin gave no other details of his missile deployment plans.
US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern over Putin’s announcement and warned against backsliding “to a kind of a Cold War status”, according to Reuters.
Tensions continue to flare between Russia and the West over Moscow’s backing of separatists in Ukraine, which has seen pro-Russian rebels seize a large part of the country’s east after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine last year.
The European Union and the US have imposed economic sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
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