Russia Warns US of Response to Nukes in Germany
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."