WORLD Russia says to respond to possible US anti-missile tests

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Russia says to respond to possible US anti-missile tests

Xinhua

07:37, March 23, 2019

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. (File photo: VCG)

MOSCOW, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Russia will take necessary measures if the United States implements its plans to conduct anti-missile tests, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

The ministry said it noted recent reports by US media about Pentagon's intention to test the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor against intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in 2020 and recalled similar plans announced in US Missile Defense Review published in January.

"These plans cannot but cause concern... Once again, the dangerous, destabilizing nature of Washington's line on missile defense is manifested," a ministry statement said.

It added that reports of the planned SM-3 Block IIA tests have showed the hypocrisy of Washington's statements about the "non-targeting" of the US global missile defense system against Russia.

"Naturally, Russia will have to take this into account and take necessary measures, including technical ones," the ministry said.

It called upon the US side to think twice and engage in joint efforts in search of a solution to problems in the field of international security.

The 2019 Missile Defense Review showed the US plans to expand its missile defense shield, including extra layers with space-based sensors and interceptors, technology to track and defeat hypersonic weapons, unmanned aircraft with lasers to shoot down threats, and missile-hunting F-35 stealth fighters.

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