Russian Federation plans land-based intermediate missiles in two years

Russian Federation plans land-based intermediate missiles in two years

Russian Federation plans land-based intermediate missiles in two years

It is worth examining how Russia's actions have led us to this point.

ONE of the most unsafe aspects of the Cold War was the ever-present threat of nuclear conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union.

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

Tomihisa Taue issued a statement in connection with the U.S. notice to Russian Federation that Washington intends to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. "Our American partners have announced they were suspending their participation in the treaty and we will do the same".

In announcing the USA decision, which was long expected given the consistent statements by senior officials (and even North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leadership), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered that the U.S. 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.

"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.

He also said Japan believes it necessary to consider missile development and deployment by countries other than the United States and Russian Federation, apparently referring to China. The INF treaty banned all land-based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500km. A land-based longer-range hypersonic missile complex is expected to be created within the same time limit.

But Russia says it is the USA that has broken the pact, and says Washington is using false allegations as a pretext to withdraw from a pact it never wanted to be part of. The 60-day deadline expires on Saturday.

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The U.S. withdrawal from the INF may trigger new conflicts between Washington and Beijing. With the USA maintaining the military upper hand, China places importance on a variety of cruise and ballistic missiles capable of hitting American aircraft carriers or military bases in Guam in the western Pacific and Japan.

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.

NATO allies have strongly backed Washington and urged Moscow to save the treaty by returning to compliance.

Defence experts say because ground-based intermediate-range missiles are cheaper, Russian Federation could theoretically place more of them within range of European targets.

The INF Treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, bans all ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,400 miles.

After the United States gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the treaty in six months, Putin said Russian Federation would do the same.

"Crossroads is a good word to describe where this decision puts us", says Thomas Countryman, a former acting undersecretary of state for arms control and global security.

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