Collapse of nuclear treaty starts arms race

Collapse of nuclear treaty starts arms race

Collapse of nuclear treaty starts arms race

Speaking Saturday in a televised meeting with his foreign and defense ministers, Putin instructed the military to work on developing new land-based weapons that were previously forbidden by the INF treaty.

The mission comes as Paris looks to ensure its long-term nuclear dissuasion program, with Europe increasingly anxious about security as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow.

The Russian leader a year ago unveiled an array of new nuclear weapons, including the Avangard and the Poseidon, saying that they can't be intercepted.

"We presume that Russian Federation will not deploy such weapons if develops them, either in Europe or in other regions of the world, medium and shorter range weapons, until such US-made weapons appear in their respective regions of the world", Putin said.

"The American partners have declared that they suspend their participation in the deal, we suspend it as well", Putin said during a televised meeting with foreign and defense ministers.

In announcing the US decision, which was long expected given the consistent statements by senior officials (and even North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leadership), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered that the U.S.

He said the U.S. "has fully adhered" to the treaty for more than 30 years, "but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russian Federation misrepresents its actions".

"Unfortunately, the countries of the alliance were not ready for meaningful dialogue on the Mk-41 launchers, which are located in Romania, and will appear in Poland next year, in violation of the INF Treaty". For months, the US has stated that, if Russian Federation failed to end an ongoing pattern of INF violations dating back five years, Washington would suspend its adherence to the 32-year treaty. "We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and our other allies and partners to deny Russian Federation any military advantage from its unlawful conduct". Russian Federation denies that it has been in violation.

Shoigu said the country's new land-based intermediate-range missiles should also incorporate hypersonic technology - which allows missiles to travel at more than five times the speed of sound.

Earlier last week USA intelligence officials called attention to efforts by China and Russian Federation to expand their global influence, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.

"This is Russia's final opportunity to return to compliance", Wood said. The 60-day deadline expires on Saturday. This was done in response to a six-month of the agreement by Washington. He also endorsed the army's suggestion to make a ground-based model of the Kalibr cruise missile, which is now fitted on planes, warships, and submarines.

Russian Defense Ministry officials show off Russia's new 9M729 cruise missile (known in the the SSC-8) at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow, Jan. 23, 2019.

However, Lavrov pivoted by claiming Washington had been violating the treaty since 2014.

By 2017, "Washington had not only taken this decision but also had started preparations for the production of short-range and intermediate range missiles prohibited by the treaty", a ministry statement alleged.

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