The US policy of putting pressure on Russia has crossed the “red line,” and Moscow should think about an asymmetric response, such as the deployment of its tactical nuclear weapons abroad, a senior Russian lawmaker told TASS on Friday.

“I believe that now Russia has to draw its own ‘red lines.’ The time has come to ponder on variants of asymmetric response to the US, which are now being suggested by experts and are intended not only to offset their sanctions but also to do some retaliatory damage,” said Vladimir Gutenev, the first deputy head of the economic policy committee of the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament.

Among such measures, the official named the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in other countries, such as Syria, the use of gold-linked cryptocurrencies for Russian arms exports and the suspension of a number of treaties with the United States, including on non-proliferation of missile technologies.

“It’s no secret that serious pressure is being put on Russia, and it will only get worse. It is intended to deal a blow to defense cooperation, including defense exports. We see that the Americans now speak about the possibility of sanctions against the countries that purchase Russian weaponry… We should follow the advice of certain experts, who say that Russia should possibly suspend the implementation of treaties on non-proliferation of missile technologies, and also follow the US example and start deploying our tactical nuclear weapons in foreign countries. It is possible that Syria, where we have a well-protected airbase, may become one of those countries,” Gutenev said.

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The lawmaker added that in order to respond to possible “US attempts to thwart deals on Russian weaponry and civilian goods,” Russia should “consider the possibility of conducting transactions in cryptocurrencies that are linked to the value of gold.”

“And I’m sure that this will be a very interesting option for China, India, and other states as well,” he said.

According to Gutenev, the whole package of those measures “could become a very serious argument” in Russia’s favor.

“In boxing, one cannot just dodge blows, but has to strike in response, too. Especially when all the rules have been violated and the referees – such as the WTO and other international institutions – prefer to stay silent,” he said.

Commenting on sanctions that are already in place, Gutenev said they are unlikely to do serious damage to Russia’s defense industry.

“The import substitution program has produced very good results, alternative suppliers have been found,” he said. “However, we are concerned about the fact that the sanctions are still gaining momentum and have become somewhat imminent,” he said.

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http://tass.com/politics/1018605

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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Yes. Very good news. Please place those tactical nukes in Syria without delay.
Lebanon would be a good location as well, eh Nutandyahoo?

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Halil Uzunçalar

Lebanon is an unstable country influenced by the west. Very unreliable despite Hezbollah etc. who have Iranian links.

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What if US put nukes in Syria, too?

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It’d need a Russian base in Lebanon.
Don’t worry, I’ll put a Turkish one too…
Then soon a Turkish one in your country too.
Ottoman powa!

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Isreal may level Lebanon then. Better watch your mouth, terrorist!

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Manuel Flores Escobar

Put a tax on US companies that operates in Russia! beside another tax to US goods

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This is the most reasonable thing I have herd coming out of Moscow in a long time.

Should have been done years ago already.

Hopefully these plans go further than the talking stage and actually get implemented.

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Nestor Arapa

EE.UU. siempre manejó doble discurso, mientras URSS desmantelaba sus arma, EE.UU. nunca lo hizo.

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supetpower russia is rational and peace keeping – together with china, the world is a better place

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azy stone

I think this is the best suggestion to respond to tyranny by some countries. I don’t like like Russia lack of response to the unfair treatment and sanction because it affects all Russians.
Putin should move out from the ice house and respond quickly to the matters that most urgent.
We heard about the S 300 to Syria in the same manner but lack of action was followed.
Syria only defending itself and not attacking any country so giving them some power might balance the strength with Israel who has over 80 Nuclear.

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Willing Conscience

I wonder what Assad would think about Russian nukes on his soil, the Syrian people might have some thoughts on the matter too, perhaps Vladimir Gutenev should ask them before makes any plans. The neighbors might have a few thoughts about it too come to think of it.
I wonder if the nukes would also put off any potential investors that were thinking about putting their money into Syria.
I don’t think this guy’s serious, just venting his frustrations.

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Stupid of Syria to allow nukes in Syria.
Does not benefit Syria but put it’s people in danger.

After all enough Syrians have died for a war that does not benefit Syria at all but saved Russia from economic ruin and presence ME