[Vladivostok (Russia) 5th Reuters]-Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a policy to start production of ground-launched mid-range missiles on the 5th.
He also expressed concern about the US government's move to deploy missiles in Japan and South Korea, and urged the US side not to escalate the arms race, but said the US side had no response.
President Putin at the “Eastern Economic Forum” held in Vladivostok, the missiles that have been banned from being developed and manufactured under the treaty until now, based on the fact that the US-Russia medium-range nuclear force (INF) disposal treaty expired last month “Of course we will make it.” However, he stressed that Russia would not move to deploy missiles unless the US preceded and deployed missiles.
“We do n’t feel comfortable that the US Department of Defense leaders are willing to deploy missiles in Japan and South Korea,” he said.
He also expressed recognition that security cooperation between Japan and the United States and other issues made it difficult to conclude a peace treaty with Japan.
In a telephone conference with President Trump, he was asked to sell hypersonic nuclear weapons developed by Russia, and revealed that the US was refused to develop in his own country.
He said he was worried that the arms race would expand into space and the US government could develop space weapons.