OREANDA-NEWS. After deploying medium- and shorter-range ground missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States may begin to deploy them in Europe. This was announced on Monday by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov during a video lecture for MGIMO students on the topic "Actual Issues of US Foreign Policy".

Ryabkov recalled that after the termination of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, Russia, in order to avoid an increase in tension, invited the Americans and their allies to agree on restraint in the future. "However, in response, they made it clear that they did not intend to follow our example and would not introduce a moratorium on the deployment of their new missiles. By all indications, their respective test programs will be activated in the near future, and in the future it will be possible to begin deploying such systems on land", he said.

According to the diplomat, Washington directly stated its intention to soon begin deploying land-based INF missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.