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Russia says U.S. missile deployments in Asia would be a threat

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Russia says U.S. missile deployments in Asia would be a threat
FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference of the Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo   -   Copyright  MAXIM SHEMETOV(Reuters)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that a possible U.S. deployment of missiles in the Asia-Pacific region would pose a threat to international security.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said earlier this month that he was in favour of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon.

“U.S. actions are creating a threat for international security,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a weekly televised briefing.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Andrew Obsorn Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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