RT-Engels: 18-07-2024,

Rhetoric involving the deploying nuclear warheads is concerning, the State Department has said, commenting on Moscow’s response to missile plans of Berlin and Washington.

Earlier this month, the US and Germany announced “episodic deployments” of long-range capabilities in Europe. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Moscow will keep all options on the table if this happens.

“Any kind of rhetoric about the use or deployment of nuclear warheads is of course concerning and something we will pay close attention to,” State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters during the regular press briefing on Thursday.

“This is something we have seen the Russians do and say, thump their chests a bit,” Patel added, declining to speculate further.

Russia doesn’t ‘rule out’ nuclear response to US missiles in Europe – deputy FM

Earlier in the day, Ryabkov said that Moscow would not impose any “internal restraints” on its response to US missile deployment and seek “the broadest possible” number of options, including equipping its missile systems with nuclear warheads.

Ryabkov accused the West of using “trumped-up pretexts” and false accusations of Russian threats in order to pursue a strategy of escalation. While regrettable, this will not stop Russia from ensuring its own national security, he added.

According to the joint US-German press release dated July 10, the US “will begin episodic deployments of the long-range fires capabilities of its Multi-Domain Task Force in Germany in 2026.”

Among the weapons that could end up deployed to Germany are SM-6 anti-aircraft missiles,

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