Putin: If US develops banned missiles, so will Russia

06 December, 2018, 06:57 | Author: Carlos George
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev during their meeting at the Novo Ogaryovo residence outside in Moscow Russia Monday Dec. 3 2018

"If the INF treaty is destroyed, we won't leave it without a response", he said in a presentation to foreign military attaches in Moscow, according to an official transcript.

In October, U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington would pull out of the INF Treaty on account of Russia's alleged breach of the agreement, which Moscow repeatedly denied.

"I hope my Democratic colleagues who have claimed the Trump Administration is not working with NATO to address Russia's violation of the INF Treaty will now begin to work constructively with theAdministration to secure our nation against the threats posed by Russian Federation", she said.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied being in violation of the INF Treaty, saying the United States knows full well Moscow is in compliance and noted that it is Washington that has breached the accord.

But Trump has threatened to pull out based on allegations Russian Federation has violating the INF Treaty - accusations Moscow vehemently denies.

"Russia must return to full and verifiable compliance; Russia's failure to do so will result in the demise of the INF Treaty", Pompeo told reporters. Tests and deployments of new missiles were on hold, he said.

However, if the United States withdraws from the INF Treaty, Russia will have to respond by developing "unique types of weapons", Bondarev added. Trump, in October, had claimed that Russian Federation had "not adhered to the spirit of that agreement or to the agreement itself", but Moscow has warned that abandoning the treaty would be a major blow to global security.

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Meanwhile, in Brussels Tuesday, during a separate speech hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Pompeo dismissed claims that the United States was withdrawing from the global stage under President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. "So I think the American argument would be, 'Let us get together and convey a strict message to Moscow that if it wants the treaty saved, it will have to make a concession and it will have to abide by the treaty, '" Eyal told VOA.

In comments on December 5, Peskov accused Washington of "manipulating the facts.to camouflage the true aim of the United States in withdrawing from the treaty".

They called on Russian Federation "to return urgently to full and verifiable compliance. A very simple one: in that case, we will do the same".

The treaty, negotiated by President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, prevents the USA and Russian Federation them from building or deploying nuclear-capable missiles and launch systems with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.

The prospect of U.S. missiles on European soil is a concern for states including Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, whose representatives have urged Mr Pompeo to continue with diplomacy in fear of a European arms race.

"The INF has guaranteed peace and security in European territory for 30 years now", Mogherini said as she arrived for talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers.

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