Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that Moscow should develop new types of missile systems over the next two years after President Vladimir Putin followed the USA lead in exiting the treaty.
President Donald Trump accused Moscow on Friday of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with "impunity" by deploying banned missiles.
But Rinkevics played down the immediate impact of the INF treaty's demise, saying that Russian Federation had already been stepping up military movements since Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea. It applies to deployed and non-deployed ground-based missiles of intermediate range (1,000-5,000 kilometers) and shorter range (500-1,000 kilometers). The US has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russian Federation misrepresents its actions, Trump said. Trump said in a statement that the USA will "move forward" with developing its own military response options to Russia's new land-based cruise missiles that could target Western Europe.
President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday that the United States would outspend Russian Federation on missiles without a fresh global accord after he ditched a landmark Cold War treaty.
The INF treaty was signed in 1987 by then United States president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and resolved a crisis over Soviet nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles targeting Western capitals. It rather came to a new era, which is characterized by the course taken by the United States to destroy the entire disarmament control system, the diplomat noted. This was done in response to a six-month of the agreement by Washington. Russia, however, denies the allegation. It was the development of that missile, which the Russians call the Novator 9M729, that prompted the US decision to abandon the INF treaty.
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NATO allies have strongly backed Washington and urged Moscow to save the treaty by returning to compliance. "We are convinced that through a professional and mutually respectful dialogue, using primarily the INF mechanisms, all stakeholders can and should save the treaty", Andrei Shuplyak said.
"We understand the USA awareness of problems that led it to announce it will halt its obligations under the treaty", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a news conference. "China is opposed to the US withdrawal and urges the USA and Russian Federation to properly resolve differences through constructive dialogue", he said. The missile, with a maximum range of at least 4,000 kilometers, can hit US bases in Guam from the Chinese mainland and is thus called a "Guam killer". Pompeo said the treaty will terminate if Russian Federation does not return in six months to "full and verifiable compliance with the treaty" by eliminating missiles Washington and NATO countries see as violating the agreement.
The Trump administration has expressed concern at the threat posed by Russian Federation as well as countries outside the INF, in particular China.
Rest in peace Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Agreement!
Russian Federation recently admitted to having built one of the more insane nuclear weapons of all time in the form of an undersea torpedo with a 100-megaton nuclear warhead that's designed to be unstoppable to all current missile defenses and create tsunami-sized waves and a radioactive hellstorm that stomps out life on earth for thousands of square miles for decades.