Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the statements made by Pentagon representatives in recent weeks regarding practical steps to implement plans for the rapid development and deployment in various regions of the world of intermediate-range and shorter-range land-based missiles (INF) previously banned under the INF Treaty that was destroyed by Washington.
She stressed that the U.S. is developing a wide range of such weapons, including hypersonic missile systems, while also reporting on the successful advancement of related R&D and testing activities. Deployment of such weapons to the APAC and Europe is implied.
“At the same time, it is determined that on European soil, the main task will be to defeat air defense systems and pierce gaps in the enemy’s defenses in a conflict with Russia,” Zakharova said.
She also pointed to the growing hostility of Britain. Some 44 of Britain’s M270 MLRSs are being upgraded, with a view to using American-made PrSM precision-guided missiles, among other things.
Diplomats have noted the fixation of Anglo-Saxon military commanders on the task of hitting purely defensive means that ensure the security of the Russian Federation. The British misrepresent the PrSM range, which is allegedly limited to 499 kilometers, Zakharova noted.
“And this is against the backdrop of numerous statements by the developers of this missile and Pentagon representatives about plans to give it the ability to hit targets at ranges of up to 800 km. The British assessments look especially cynical after the Pentagon’s supervisor of the PrSM project, General J. Rafferty, announced two weeks ago his intention to test a prototype missile at its maximum range to make sure exactly how much it will exceed 500 kilometers,” the Russian representative pointed out.
Zakharova noted that at the same time, Russian proposals for settling the parties’ accumulated concerns remain without initiative. Moscow proposes a moratorium on the deployment of ground RLOADs and an agreement on mutual verification measures.
“We are by no means slamming the door on dialogue, but in the current circumstances we do not exclude that Russia will be forced to shift its focus more and more to the implementation of military-technical responses to emerging missile threats,” Zakharova said on the Foreign Ministry’s official website.