Another nuclear pact with US in trouble: Russia

Mikhail Metzel  TASS

Mikhail Metzel TASS

Russian Federation has successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile armed with multiple warheads, after the USA withdrew from the INF Treaty.

Trump's warning during his annual State of the Union address cemented fears of an emerging arms race, with Russian Federation hours earlier pledging to design new missiles over the next two years.

Russia's Defence Ministry said that the United States should destroy the MK-41 anti-missile system in Deveselu, Romania, as well as its strike drones, in order to again follow the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to Reuters.

"Under my administration, we will never apologize for advancing America's interests", Trump told United States lawmakers assembled in the House chamber.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced last week that the United States is withdrawing from the INF Treaty, citing Russia's violation of the deal, a claim that has been repeatedly denied by Moscow.

"Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others".

We continue to present that intelligence and information to Russian Federation.

"I am sure that everyone who is somehow involved in our foreign policy, defense and security activities will work as a team to prevent a situation that would mean everything that was a cornerstone of European security for decades has perished", the senior Russian diplomat said.

No one has come forward and said, you know what, you're right, U.S. Maybe Russia's not made a mistake here.

"Over the same period we will also have to create a land-based missile system with a long-range hypersonic missile", he said.

He explained this process of creating a new agreement is still in the early stages, and the USA has yet to send any definite proposals. However, he said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would continue to work with Moscow in an effort to bring it into compliance.

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