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Russia Warns US of Response to Nukes in Germany

24.09.2015 11:38

Russia could respond to the deployment of US nuclear bombs in Germany by erecting an impregnable chain of missile defense installations, nuclear-tipped Iskander missiles and cruise missiles, a prominent Russian military analyst warned on Wednesday.

"All we can do now is to install nuclear warheads on our Iskander ballistic missiles and extended-range X-555 cruise missiles on our Tu-22M3 strategic bombers," the Academy of Geopolitical Studies director Konstantin Sivkov told journalists.

The reaction comes after German television station ZDF on Tuesday cited a Pentagon budget document saying that the US Air Force would deploy modernized B61 nuclear bombs to Germany's Buchel air force base this fall — replacing the 20 weapons already at the site.

The German Defense Ministry refused any comment, while a Pentagon representative told Sputnik that the United States did not see the planned deployment as a violation of existing agreements.

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the US move as a potential "violation of the strategic balance in Europe," that would demand a Russian response.

"This could alter the balance of power in Europe," Peskov told reporters at a news press conference on Wednesday. "And without a doubt it would demand that Russia take necessary countermeasures to restore the strategic balance and parity."