If Kiev decides to welcome the deployment of U.S. missile defense elements in Ukrainian territory, Moscow will have to take countermeasures, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"If you mean the deployment of American missile defense elements by Ukraine in its territory, this can certainly be viewed only negatively," Peskov told journalists on May 20.
"The deployment of missile defense elements in Ukrainian territory would entail the need for Russia to take countermeasures," he said.
Peskov said, however, that, as far as he was concerned, "this is an eventual discussion."
Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov suggested earlier on Wednesday that Kyiv would start consultations on installing missile defense components on Ukrainian soil.
"I don't rule out that, to defend against nuclear danger [on Russia's part], we would have to hold consultations on the deployment of missile defense components in Ukrainian territory. Preventing a war with the use of nuclear weapons is common responsibility of all people of good will to the planet," Turchynov said in an interview with the Ukrinform news agency.
Russia is continuing to deploy additional offensive weapon systems in Crimea and is actively working on the deployment of nuclear weapons and means of their delivery on the peninsula, he said.
In this context, Ukraine is making steps aimed at defending its territorial integrity and independence, Turchynov said. "The first and the most important thing we are doing is the restoration and reinforcement of our armed forces, the construction of an efficient national security and defense system, and the restoration of a mighty military-industrial complex," he said.
Ukraine is also tightening the guarding of its border with Russia, he said.
"Without violating international agreements, we are restoring our missile shield, whose main design is to defend from Russian aggression," he said.
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