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 (seen below) claimed during an interview with state-funded BBC.