INF nuclear treaty: Russian Federation plans new missile systems after pullout

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Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday the country must develop new types of missile systems in the next two years after Washington and Moscow ripped up a key arms control treaty.

The United States announced on Friday it will withdraw from the INF treaty in six months unless Moscow ends what it says are violations of the 1987 pact. He said they would be developed before 2021 to respond to Washington's planned exit from a nuclear arms control pact, the state-run news agency TASS said today.

It banned ground-launched missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres (300 to 3,400 miles). He has ordered the development of new land-based intermediate-range weapons - but emphasised that Russian Federation won't deploy them in the European part of the country or elsewhere unless the USA does so first.

The INF Treaty, signed by the Soviet Union and the United States on December 8, 1987, took effect on June 1, 1988.

Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from the INF treaty saying, "Russia repeatedly violated its terms". Morrison worked for Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona back in 2010 when Kyl led the opposition to the New START Treaty that President Barack Obama negotiated with Russian Federation. "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.

About 90 percent of China's missiles are said to have intermediate ranges as the country is not party to the INF treaty.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, after accusing Russian Federation of violating the treaty and not returning to compliance after a US ultimatum two months ago, said the US will suspend its obligations under the treaty effective Feb 2.

The INF agreement forbids ground-launched, short- and intermediate-range missiles, but not those launched from the air or sea. He also endorsed the army's suggestion to make a ground-based model of the Kalibr cruise missile, which is now fitted on planes, warships, and submarines. Washington is determined to withdraw from the Treaty in six months unless Russian Federation returns to "real and verifiable" compliance. The missile, with a maximum range of at least 4,000 kilometers, can hit US bases in Guam from the Chinese mainland and is thus called a "Guam killer".

Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign affairs and security policy chief, had earlier called on the U.S. and Russian Federation to stick to the treaty.

The Trump administration has expressed concern at the threat posed by Russian Federation as well as countries outside the INF, in particular China.

U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told a UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday that the United States would reconsider its withdrawal from the INF treaty "should Russian Federation return to full and verifiable compliance".

While France is signatory of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, it remains committed to modernising its existing nuclear warheads by 2035.

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