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    Mr.Putin Is Ready For Another Cuban Missile Crisis

         The Kremlin gave a strong stance: If the US wants another Cuban missile crisis we are ready.
    President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to listen to the advice from some fanatical warmongers within the Pentagon and cabals who think the United States is more superior than other nations. President Putin said his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strike. The history of Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of almost nuclear war. 

    More than five decades, tensions have risen following United States aggression, deploy heavy armament in the Baltic region in encircling Russia, and militarised east Europe. Further deployment of intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe as per the military strategic plan of NATO this will be another hostile landmark of Cold War-era in revival, Russia will have no option left but to defend itself. Putin’s comments were made to Russian media late on Wednesday, following his warning that Moscow will match any U.S. move, in its quest to deploy new missiles closer to Russia. Kremlin will respond by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly, including the State Duma parliamentarians, members of the Federation Council, regional governors and other high-ranking officials, in Moscow, Russia on 20 February 2019. Video contributed by Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin.
    Putin fleshed out his warning in detail for the first time, saying Russia could deploy hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines which could lurk outside U.S. territorial waters if Washington now moved to deploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe. “(We’re talking about) naval delivery vehicles: submarines or surface ships. And we can put them, given the speed and range (of our missiles)... in neutral waters. Plus they are not stationary, they move and they will have to find them,” Putin said, according to a Kremlin transcript. “You work it out. Mach nine (the speed of the missiles) and over 1,000 km (their range).”

    Treaty Abandonment:  Washington has alleged that Moscow’s violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, is the reason why US withdrawal from the arms treaty, the pact, which banned Russia and the United States from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe or elsewhere. In its death throes, it raises the prospect of a new arms race between Washington and Moscow. 

    Putin has said he does not want an arms race or war with the United States, but that he would have no choice but to act if Washington deployed new missiles in Europe, some of which he says would be able to strike Moscow within 10-12 minutes. Putin said his naval response to such a move would mean Russia could strike the United States faster than U.S. missiles deployed in Europe could hit Moscow because the flight time would be shorter. “It (the calculation) would not be in their favor, at least as things stand today. That’s for sure,” said Putin.

    Relations between Moscow and Washington were strained, he added, but the tensions were not comparable to those of the Cuban Missile Crisis. “They (the tensions) are not a reason to ratchet up the confrontation to the levels of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s. In any case, that’s not what we want,” said Putin. “If someone wants that, well OK they are welcome. I have set out today what that would mean. Let them count (the missile flight times).”

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