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Russia: Deploying American nukes in Poland would make them “legitimate targets”.

AA / Moscow / Elena Teslova

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that if the United States decides to deploy nuclear weapons in Poland, Moscow will consider them “legitimate targets” in the event of a direct confrontation with Russia.

Answering a question posed by Anadolu at a press conference in Moscow, Zakharova criticized the statements of Polish President Andrzej Duda, who said he was ready to welcome American nuclear weapons to his country, calling them “provocative”.

“Such provocative statements are not new for the Polish leaders. The Polish authorities do not hide their ambition to be closer to the American nuclear weapons located in Europe, and they have been talking about it for a long time,” he emphasized.

According to the spokesman, Polish officials always associate statements about the deployment of nuclear weapons with “hostile policy towards Russia”.

“You understand that if American weapons are deployed on Polish territory, the (Russian) list of legitimate targets will immediately be updated in a direct military confrontation with NATO,” he said.

In another question about Switzerland’s decision to freeze $14.3 billion in Russian assets, including sovereign reserves of the Russian Central Bank, Zakharova said: “This is not about freezing, but about embezzlement, theft, banditry.” “.

The official emphasized that such measures “flagrantly violate the norms of international law, including the principles of sovereign equality of states and the United Nations Charter.”

“Any encroachment, as you call it, on the property rights and interests of our country is cynical and outright theft,” he emphasized.

Russia will respond based on the principle of mutual understanding, he added, noting that retaliatory measures will not necessarily be symmetrical.

Moscow has a variety of political and economic tools to respond to unfriendly actions that could affect Switzerland if its government continues to pursue such unfair plans, the official added.

On the other hand, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov at a briefing held in Moscow refused to discuss Russia’s possible response to the measures taken against its assets.

“We will act in the way that best suits our interests, but obviously we will protect our interests.”

Commenting on Canada’s decision to allow Airbus to buy titanium from Russia to build its planes, Peskov said it was an example of the West being “flexible” to protect its interests.

“We understand this selective approach… companies in Europe and other regions can hardly maintain their competitiveness if they stop buying our products. In such cases, Westerners act flexibly, ignoring conventions.”

*Translated from English by Murad Belhaj

Source: AA

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