Russia Suspends Nuclear Arms Treaty After US Says to Pull Out

Russia Suspends Nuclear Arms Treaty After US Says to Pull Out

Putin greenlights creation of hypersonic mid-range missile as U.S. suspends INF Treaty Russia will start developing a new type of mid-range missile as it suspends the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

Although Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has said that Moscow should not participate in a new arms race with Washington, Russia has now signalled it will develop new land-based missiles as quickly and at as low a cost as possible.

The 32-year-old treaty required parties to destroy ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 km (310 to 3,420 miles).

"We will certainly respond with military-technical means to the threats that are created as a result of the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty and as a result of its plans to build low-power nuclear weapons", Lavrov said. He has ordered the development of new land-based intermediate-range weapons - but emphasised that Russian Federation won't deploy them in the European part of the country or elsewhere unless the U.S. does so first.

On February 1, US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced the suspension of Washington's obligations under the INF Treaty starting February 2.

President of the National Strategy Institute Mikhail Remizov earlier noted that the main risk of a USA exit from the INF Treaty is the increase in tensions in East Asia and Europe.

Trump's warning during his annual State of the Union address cemented fears of an emerging arms race, with Russian Federation hours earlier pledging to design new missiles over the next two years. The US deployed similar missiles in response, in the 1980s, leading to negotiations that produced the INF treaty.

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".

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"The issue of missiles under the treaty is directly linked to security in East Asia".

"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". It says Washington is the one violating it and has accused the United States of inventing a false pretext to exit a treaty it wanted to leave anyway in order to develop new missiles. Russian Federation is trying, despite a struggling economy, sanctions and a limited ability to build an armed force the size or quality of that of the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, to match the Americans and the Chinese.

On Jan. 23, China Central Television aired footage deemed as showing the test launch of the latest DF26 intermediate-range missile.

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. The U.S. retains the right to revoke its notice of withdrawal from the treaty before the end of this six month period, and we would be prepared to consider doing so should Russian Federation return to full and verifiable compliance.

"The Trump administration has to make up their minds this year on New START, whether they intend to go for modifying it, or simply intend to abandon it", says Alexander Vershbow, a former USA ambassador to Russian Federation and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation who is now a distinguished fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security in Washington.

Reports suggest Russian Federation could already have deployed up to about 100 of these missiles.

The INF Treaty represented a good-faith effort between two rivals to de-escalate the threat of nuclear war, particularly the risk of short-notice attacks.

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