Russian Federation to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after United States does same

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"I don't think we're talking about the development of a Cold War".

It comes amid growing global tension after Washington tore up a 1987 arms deal with Moscow, with both sides now planning to develop new missiles which were prohibited under the pact.

As BelTA reported earlier on 2 January Washington officially notified Moscow of its withdrawal from the INF Treaty.

Announcing that the U.S. was suspending its involvement in the INF and would leave it completely in six months, President Trump said: "We can not be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other".

Treaty signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 was also a sign of the waning interest of the world's two nuclear superpowers in arms-control agreements more broadly. Or talks with Russian Federation could produce a commitment to limit the ground-launched missile's deployment.

The Russian leader a year ago unveiled an array of new nuclear weapons, including the Avangard and the Poseidon, saying that they can't be intercepted. "In East Asia, the issue of forming the American infrastructure to contain China using this category of armaments will be on the agenda", he explained. "Such unilateral action involving weapons of mass destruction only serve to put our planet at greater risk for the use of nuclear weapons, which could end the human experiment".

Each accused the other of breaking the treaty, which banned ground-launched missiles with a range between 310 miles and 3,420 miles.

Russian Defense Ministry officials show off Russia's new 9M729 cruise missile (known in the the SSC-8) at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow, Jan. 23, 2019.

For example, Vershbow says the U.S. 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. China has stated that Russian Federation and the US should adhere to the INF and objects to any efforts to expand the treaty beyond its current scope. Russian Federation is now looking at modifying its 3M22 Zirkon anti-ship cruise missiles, a government source told the Kommersant newspaper. At the same time, the United States will begin the process of withdrawing from the treaty, which will be effective in six months, he said.

This expert argues that the INF's demise means both the U.S. and Russian Federation now have to consider nuking the other at the first sign of conflict because missile attacks won't be as predictable as longer-range salvos from the continental USA and Russia's mainland.

The move came in response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing the US would pull out of the agreement last week.

The US is yet to respond to Russia's announcement but AP news agency last week cited Trump officials as saying there were no immediate plans to test or deploy missiles banned under the INF.

"We must not and will not be drawn into a costly arms race", he said.

Shoigu said Tuesday that such mid-range missiles must now be designed, insisting that Russian Federation take "tit-for-tat measures".

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