In pursuit of money, American lobbyists are already undermining Washington’s prestige in Europe, but the situation will worsen if the United States decides to step up pressure on Russia by deploying missile weapons in EU countries, military expert, Ivan Konovalov, told Monday, June 3.

According to him, the situation with the termination of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles forces Moscow to take certain steps to ensure strategic security. Here there are two directions, the expert notes: practical and informational.

On the practical side, the Russian Ministry of Defense will have to respond in proportion to threats emanating from the West, because Washington will sooner or later try to deploy its missiles in Europe. The information vector is to convey to other countries that they are “automatically turned into a target for Russian strategic complexes” if they decide to deploy American weapons.

“Already now in Europe, people are less likely to believe in the security that is being talked about in Washington, taking a symbolic fee from Europeans. More precisely, in the EU there are often statements that the United States is a “friend,” with whom the enemy is not needed,” Konovalov continues.

He emphasizes that the INF Treaty was a victim of American lobbyists who, through Donald Trump, were able to secure a multi-billion dollar earnings in the production of previously banned types of missiles. At the same time, he drew attention to the pragmatic position of the Russian military command, which is preparing to “locally stop” the emerging threats without being drawn into the arms race.

“It is obvious that Washington’s attempts to deploy missile systems in European countries will entail large-scale protests. As in the last century, many thousands of demonstrations against American policy, which turns Europeans into hostages, will shake Europe,” the expert stated, adding that only time will tell how unanimous Europeans will be.

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