As the US appears to be shifting its policy and considering massive arms deployments to defend NATO allies in Eastern Europe from Russian aggression, Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to use force in response.
“We will be forced to aim our armed forces…at those territories from where the threat comes,” warned Putin on Tuesday at a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto who was visiting Moscow.
The Russian president said he was concerned about NATO’s plans to install a missile defense system in Europe, saying “it is NATO that is moving towards our border and we aren’t moving anywhere.”
He also said on Tuesday that Russia would add 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to its nuclear arsenal in 2015, even as the country is dealing with an economic crisis caused by weaker oil prices and international sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Crimea and involvement in the Ukrainian fighting.
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