Russian Federation treaty under strain

06 February, 2019, 09:31 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • US pulls out of nuclear treaty with Russia that's been a centrepiece since the Cold War

"Within the same time limits, we need to develop the ground-based system with the long-range hypersonic missile". He also said the range of land-based missile complexes that are now in development will need to be increased, as well.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Korolev view a globe while visiting Russia's Navy Headquarters during Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on July 30, 2017.

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

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

The move came in response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing the US would pull out of the agreement last week. The U.S.is now building its first long-range nuclear weapons since 1991, a move that has not gone unnoticed by other countries seeking to modernize their own arsenals.

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"Ground-launched modifications of sea- and air-launched missiles will significantly cut the production period of new missile systems and reduce the production budget", Shoigu said, according to remarks carried by Russian state news agencies. We need to do something to respond to the USA growth of activity on the perimeter of our borders not in the way they want it.

"The bigger worry for many of us now is that withdrawing from INF is the forerunner of Trump abandoning New START as well", Ambassador Vershbow says. "More nuclear weapons does not result in more security", Derek Johnson, executive director of Global Zero, an worldwide movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons, said in a statement emailed to Newsweek. However, when this brinksmanship entails the possible use of nuclear weapons, the entire global community - as well as saner elements in Washington and Moscow - must step in to prevent sabre-rattling between these nuclear-armed foes deteriorating into something more sinister. Russian Federation fielded counterclaims to the United States regarding the implementation of the INF Treaty. Russian Federation is now looking at modifying its 3M22 Zirkon anti-ship cruise missiles, a government source told the Kommersant newspaper.

There is no shortage of critics who have pointed out President Donald Trump's monumental strategic mistake in unilaterally withdrawing the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Russian Federation said it would do the same, though many suspect they already have the missiles built. The U.S. has provided Moscow with substantial information about this system's violations, including geographic coordinates and dates for the tests, but Russian Federation continues to deny any wrongdoing. China's exclusion from the INF is as important a factor in the US decision as the consistent Russian violations.

Why did the U.S. pull out of the pact?

This will not start an arms race; one has been going on for 10 years at least.

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