Nagasaki mayor urges US, Russia to keep INF treaty

Nagasaki mayor urges US, Russia to keep INF treaty

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.

President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Russian Federation had suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty after the United States announced it would withdraw from the pact, accusing Moscow of violations.

Shoigu said a land-based version of the navy's Kalibr cruise missile and a new land-based hypersonic missile must be built in 2019 or 2020. Washington repeatedly voiced these accusations which Moscow categorically denied.

And he said Russian Federation would seek to develop medium-range missiles in response to what he said were similar projects in the US.

"In order to create medium and shorter-range missiles banned by the INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces] Treaty", the Russian Defence Ministry said. Such weapons were seen as particularly destabilizing as they only take a few minutes to reach their targets, leaving no time for decision-makers and raising the likelihood of a global nuclear conflict over a false launch warning.

Defence experts say converting seaborne and air-launched missile systems for ground use will be advantageous for Russian Federation since producing such missiles will be cheaper and quicker.

Media captionAre we on the cusp of a new nuclear arms race?

"We will respond quid pro quo", Putin said.

While responsible nations around the world are signing and ratifying the TPNW, almost every nation - nuclear-armed or not - is looking on in disbelief as Donald Trump shreds treaties and agreements.


"They have announced they will conduct research and development, and we will act accordingly".

Russia's defence minister has called on his country's military to develop land-based intermediate-range missiles within two years.

By 2017, "Washington had not only taken this decision but also had started preparations for the production of short-range and intermediate range missiles prohibited by the treaty", a ministry statement alleged.

As BelTA reported earlier on 2 January Washington officially notified Moscow of its withdrawal from the INF Treaty. However the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (now Russia) and the US may have put on their own strait jackets 32 years ago, it certainly doesn't suit either nation to stay within the agreement today.

US President Donald Trump blamed Russian Federation for the move.

RIA cited Shoigu as ordering the military to start work on developing the two new missile systems and to ensure that work is completed by 2021.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on February 2 that his country suspended the implementation of obligations under the INF treaty and officially notified Moscow of the move.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), has approved plans for the development of new missiles with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. In March 2018, Putin justified Russia's development of the Burevestnik and other new systems in terms of growing Russian concerns about US missile defense capabilities.

Moscow An arms race appears to be under way in Europe with Russian Federation making plans to modify sea-launched cruise missiles for use on land after the USA quit a 30-year-old nuclear weapons treaty.

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