Russian Federation to build mid-range nuclear missiles after INF treaty withdrawal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to Greek President during a meeting in Athens

Russian Federation must develop a new land-based cruise missile and a new land-based hypersonic missile before 2021 to respond to Washington's planned exit from a nuclear arms control pact, the RIA news agency cited the defense minister as saying on Tuesday.

In a speech unveiling a suite of new missile systems before the Russian Federal Assembly in March 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that "In late 2017, Russia successfully launched its latest nuclear-powered missile at the Central training ground".

It would reconsider its withdrawal if Russian Federation came into compliance with the agreement, which bans both nations from stationing short- and intermediate-range land-based missiles in Europe.

Shoigu on Tuesday told his ministry to develop the new weapons by adapting existing missiles to be launched from land.

For example, Vershbow says the USA could negotiate with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners on deploying a new sea- or air-launched cruise missile that could meet the provocation of Russia's ground-launched missile without requiring missile stationing on reluctant allies' territory.

The 1987 pact between the USA and the Soviet Union, Russia's predecessor nation, eliminated all missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers capable of carrying nuclear warheads, and has been seen as a symbol of nuclear disarmament efforts by the two major powers.

"If US missiles are deployed in Poland or the Baltic states, they'll be able to reach Russian Federation in minutes". The US deployed similar missiles in response, in the 1980s, leading to negotiations that produced the INF treaty.

What Trump and his advisers failed to appreciate is the fact that the treaty deprives Russian Federation of a significant military capability.

China's missile forces are a pillar of its national security strategy aimed at removing the influence of US forces in the Asia-Pacific region.




U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in explaining that Washington on Saturday formally suspended its treaty obligations, said in a statement that Russia's "continued noncompliance has jeopardized the United States' supreme interests".

The INF agreement forbids ground-launched, short- and intermediate-range missiles, but not those launched from the air or sea.

The US is hopeful that it can put our relationship with Russian Federation back on better footing, but the onus is on Russian Federation to change course from a pattern of destabilising activity, not just on this issue but on many others as well, Pompeo said.

According to him, on 2 February Belarus received an official notification from the United States about the country's withdrawal from the INF Treaty in a six months' time. Now, China and others such as Pakistan, India, and North Korea, are thought to have such capability-and they are not bound by the INF treaty.

U.S. officials also have expressed worry that China, which is not party to the 1987 treaty, is gaining a significant military advantage in Asia by deploying large numbers of missiles with ranges beyond the treaty's limit.

The INF addressed one of the most important issues dominating the global security agenda: dealing with and effectively deterring the threat of nuclear war.

Russian Defense Ministry officials show off Russia's 9M729 cruise missile at Patriot Park outside Moscow on January 23.

Moscow's relations with the West are strained over issues including Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, allegations of meddling in the United States presidential election and being behind a nerve agent attack in Britain.

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