Breaking: US missile test proved Washington’s anti-Russia sentiment: FM spox
The Russian Foreign Ministry says the United States has lied to the international community as its recent missile tests proved the “falsity” of Washington’s statements that American air defense systems would not target Russia.
Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the ministry, made the comment on Thursday, two days after the US military — as part of an advanced intercontinental interception test — downed for the first time an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a missile fired from a warship.
“We have seen the report of the Missile Defense Agency with the US military about the tests held in the Pacific Ocean on November 17, the task was to launch off sea a Standard Missile-3 of 2A modification at a target that simulated an intercontinental ballistic missile,” Zakharova told a briefing in Moscow.
“This is a new proof of dangerous and destabilizing policy of Washington on air defense, its clear anti-Russian sentiment,” she added.
The Russian official said the US had earlier assured that the interception of Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles by American systems was technically impossible, however, the tests allegedly contradicted their statements.
“The recent test directly confirms the falsity of American assurances that the US global missile defense system is not directed against Russia,” Zakharova underlined.
“This is direct evidence of a concrete example of how Washington manipulated the public opinion of its country, lied to its international partners and justified its actions in the international arena with absolutely far-fetched pretexts.”
Stating that Russia reserves the right “to take the necessary response measures,” Zakharova said Moscow accords high priority to ensuring national security and maintaining strategic stability.
The Standard Missile-3 is part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which Moscow has long contended to be in violation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as they could theoretically be converted into offensive systems.