Moscow says it is closely watching a possible deployment of the United States nuclear missiles in Europe.
Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters in the capital on Monday that such a move would lead to escalation of tensions and that Russia is “monitoring” the matter, Moscow-based news agency Interfax reported.
“The issue is being discussed, it is a buzz word, but any move aimed, so to speak, at escalating tensions will definitely not be in anyone’s interests,” Peskov said. “Indeed, the issue by itself can hardly build confidence and maintain a balance of interests on the European continent.”
The announcement was made after Britain said Sunday that it was considering hosting US cruise missiles in an alleged bid to counter “concerns” caused by the Russian military’s development of “asymmetric warfare doctrine”.
“There have been some worrying signs of stepping up levels of activity both by Russian forces and by Russian-controlled separatist forces,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond claimed during an interview with state-funded BBC.
“We would look at the case. We work extremely closely with the Americans. That would be a decision that we would make together if that proposition was on the table. We would look at all the pros and the cons and come to a conclusion,” said Hammond.
The Kremlin press secretary said the details of the matter are “not available at the moment but we are monitoring this issue very closely.”
With Washington-Moscow ties in tatters following the onset of the Ukraine crisis, a possible US deployment of more arms to UK could fuel the tensions in the Eastern European state, which has seen many killed, injured, and displaced after Kiev started crackdown on pro-Russia protesters in the east in April 2014.
The conflict initially erupted after Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea voted for reunification with Russia in March last year.
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