Putin threatens to develop nuclear missiles banned by US-Russia treaty

Putin threatens to develop nuclear missiles banned by US-Russia treaty

Putin threatens to develop nuclear missiles banned by US-Russia treaty

This, according to Putin, is the opposite of the truth because Moscow stands against dismantling the landmark treaty.

President Donald Trump previously threatened to withdraw from the treaty signed by Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Mr Putin, who stated this in televised comments, accused the U.S.of blaming Russian Federation for violations as a pretext for Washington to exit the pact. "But we also have to start to prepare for the fact that this treaty may break down".

USA allies lobbied Pompeo to provide the 60-day window, hoping that a diplomatic solution can be secured during that time.

US-Russia ties are under deep strain over accusations Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

Beijing opposes the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) becoming a multilateral agreement, as it is a treaty "that was agreed upon by the USSR and the US", Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said Wednesday.

"All allies have concluded that Russian Federation has developed and fielded a new ground-launched cruise missile system - the SSC-8, also known as the 9M729", Stoltenberg said. "We hope that they'll change course, but there's been absolutely no indication that they'll do so".

The bilateral treaty between Washington and Moscow banned all land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range between 310-3,410 miles. Russian Federation says the range of the new system does not exceed 500 kilometers.

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While Mr. Pompeo's announcement left open a 60-day window for talks, the dramatic move set nerves on edge at a gathering of NATO's top diplomats, raising the prospect that new Cold War-style arms race could be about to play out across the continent.

Accusing the US of making Russian Federation into a scapegoat, President Vladimir Putin said that Washington had presented "no evidence of violations", Radio Free Europe reported.

On Tuesday, the United States gave Russian Federation a 60-day ultimatum to admit to violating the treaty and threatened to pull out of the pact if it did not comply. The treaty is set to expire in 2021, but Russian Federation has expressed an interest in having it renewed.

"One of the main destructive factors deteriorating the worldwide situation is the activities of the United States aimed at retaining the predominant role of the U.S. in the world and excluding other countries from competition", Gerasimov said. He added that Russia's actions "greatly undermine America's national security and that of our allies".

"During this 60 days we will still not test or produce or deploy any systems, and we'll see what happens during this 60-day period", he said.

Hard to detect and fired from mobile launchers, the Russian missiles are especially risky because they reduce the warning time that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air defences might have to shoot them down, military experts say.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg later urged Moscow to take the "last chance" to preserve the key arms control agreement by demonstrating its compliance as requested by Washington.

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