UK to Consider Hosting US Cruise Missiles to Counter Russia

Sunday, June 7, 2015
By Paul Martin

The United Kingdom will consider hosting US intermediate missiles to counter Russia amid escalation of tensions in Ukraine, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The media reports earlier this week suggested that Washington weighs a number of options to counter Russia’s alleged role in Ukrainian conflict, including deploying land-based missiles in Europe.

“We would look at the case. We work extremely closely with the Americans. That would be a decision that we would make together if that proposition was on the table. We would look at all the pros and the cons and come to a conclusion,” Philip Hammond told BBC1’s Andrew Marr show, answering the question whether Britain would have US intermediate missiles on its territory.

The development and deployment of nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate ranges is banned by Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by the United states and the Soviet Union in 1987.

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