Kremlin says US ultimatum on nuclear treaty is a tactical ploy

Kremlin says US ultimatum on nuclear treaty is a tactical ploy

Trump had said he wants talks with Vladimir Putin Xi Jinping "to head off an uncontrollable arms race".

In October, President Donald Trump sparked concern globally by declaring the United States would pull out of the deal and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

Over the past five years, the United States has raised its concerns over the SSC-8 at least 30 times with Russian Federation "to the highest levels of leadership", Pompeo said, only to be met with denials, obfuscation and spurious counter-claims. Moscow has argued that the system's vertical launchers are designed for offensive purposes, including the use of sea-based intermediate-range Tomahawk cruise missiles. It is simple: "in that case we will also do this".

"We are ahead of the Americans in terms of hypersonic weapons".

Russia's upper house Defence and Security Committee Chairman Viktor Bondarev told Sputnik on Tuesday that the United States and Russian Federation must hold talks on the INF Treaty in order to adapt the accord to the current situation.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that although Moscow has a last chance to comply with the INF, "we must also start to prepare for a world without the treaty".

Mr Trump wants to pull the USA out of the 1987 Immediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which he claims has been regularly broken by Moscow and also rendered irrelevant by China's nuclear weapons programme.

It has prevented the deployment of USA nuclear-tipped missiles to Europe since its inception.

"Russia's violation of the INF Treaty erodes the foundations of effective arms control and undermines Allied security".

At NATO talks in Brussels, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russian Federation of "cheating at its arms control obligations" under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

"The United States has remained in full compliance with its obligations under the INF Treaty since it entered into force", the ministers said in their joint statement.

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"No evidence to support this American position has ever been presented to us".

Security adviser John Bolton has ordered the Pentagon to "develop and deploy ground-launched missiles at the earliest possible date", according to a leaked memo published by the Washington Post.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have helped modernize Ukraine's armed forces and boosted their presence in the Black Sea over the a year ago, with more ships deployed in the region and more air policing.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warned Russian Federation that if it did not dismantle its 9M279 mobile ground-launched missile system, Washington would no longer be bound by the treaty.

But it was a bilateral treaty between the United States and the then Soviet Union, so it puts no restrictions on other major military actors like China.

"So, I hope that the time that is there to work on preserving the (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty and achieving its full implementation can be used wisely by all sides".

Buzhinskiy said: "We started to work on this system after the United States withdrew from an ABM treaty".

If the United States pulled out of a pact between the two nations, it's not clear what difference it would make for Putin to abandon a then-nonexistent treaty.

Russian Federation successfully test-launched a Kinzhal hypersonic missile that was sacked from a MiG-31 fighter jet in March this year.

Russian Federation denies undertaking any such development of land-based, intermediate-range Cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads and hitting European cities at short notice.

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