Putin: If US develops banned missiles, so will Russia

Putin: If US develops banned missiles, so will Russia

Putin: If US develops banned missiles, so will Russia

Pompeo said Russian Federation had developed "multiple battalions of the SSC-8 missiles", referring to the land-based, intermediate-range cruise missile which also has the name of Novator 9M729.

If the United States pulled out of a pact between the two nations, it's not clear what difference it would make for Putin to abandon a then-nonexistent treaty.

NATO allies say they have concluded that Russian Federation is in violation of a landmark Cold War-era nuclear treaty, paving the way for the United States to leave the pact unless Moscow complies with it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday his country would start developing intermediate-range nuclear missiles if the United States leaves a key arms agreement and begins developing the weapons as well.

From Russia's perspective, USA deployment of the Aegis Ashore missile defence systems in Eastern Europe amount to treaty violations.

NATO allies have voiced concern over the US threat to withdraw, fearing a new arms race in Europe; however, NATO foreign ministers agreed Tuesday to formally declare Russian Federation in "material breach" of the treaty.

"Russia's actions gravely undermine American national security and that of our allies and partners".

Mr Trump wants to pull the United States out of the 1987 Immediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which he claims has been regularly broken by Moscow and also rendered irrelevant by China's nuclear weapons programme.

"If the INF treaty is destroyed, we won't leave it without a response", he said in a presentation to foreign military attaches in Moscow, according to an official transcript. Russian Federation has denied the accusations.

"I regret that we will now most likely see the end of the INF treaty, but at the same time we don't have any other alternative than to react in the way we do".

In October, President Donald Trump sparked global concern by declaring the United States would pull out of the treaty and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

On Monday, the USA leader said he wants talks with Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping "to head off a major and uncontrollable arms race".

US Cruise and Pershing missiles deployed in Britain and Germany were removed as a result of the treaty while the Soviet Union pulled back its SS-20s out of European range.

"No proof has been produced to support this American position", Zakharova said. The US and Nato have said that tests of a new Russian cruise missile, designated 9M729, violate the treaty.

The 60-day grace period - granted by the U.S. as a concession to European partners who wanted to give Moscow a last chance - will expire at a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence ministers in February.

However, Nato allies would have to agree unanimously to have any new missile deployed in Europe.

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