Putin says Russia will respond in kind if U.S. quits missile treaty

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Posted: Oct 19, 2017 11:37 AM

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russia will respond immediately and symmetrically if the United States quits the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Moscow is ready to develop new weapons systems, both nuclear and non-nuclear, in response to other countries doing the same, Putin said at a forum with scholars.

(reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Christian Lowe)