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Putin Orders Officials to Prepare Response to US Cruise Missile Testing after INF Treaty Collapse

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the defence ministry and ministry of foreign affairs to analyse the potential threats stemming from US ground-based missile testing activities, and to formulate an appropriate response, ''Sputnik News'' reports. 

According to the Russian president, Washington's use of the MK-41 launcher in missile testing on August 18 serves to confirm concerns expressed by the Russian side in recent months about potential US violations of the INF.

"We have repeatedly pointed out that the deployment of such launchers by the US at its missile defence base in Romania, and their expected deployment in Poland in the future are a direct and flagrant violation of the treaty on medium and short-range missiles," Putin said, speaking to members of the Russian Security Council on Friday.

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