Russia's test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday was in response to US steps that have upset the strategic balance, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
"Our American partners have left the ABM Treaty. We have warned them then that we will come out with a response to maintain the strategic balance in the world," Putin told a news conference. "We conducted a test of a new strategic ballistic missile with multiple warheads, and of a new cruise missile, and will continue to improve our resources. We are not the initiators of this new round of the arms race," said Putin. (Reuters)