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"Answered to Russia": The Pentagon is testing a new rocket

"Answered to Russia": The Pentagon is testing a new rocket. The Pentagon is preparing to test the rocket, which should challenge Russia in Europe. media reports

"Answered to Russia": The Pentagon is testing a new rocket

  • The Pentagon is preparing to test the rocket, which should challenge Russia in Europe. According to media reports, the new weapon will be the US response to the alleged "violations" of Moscow INF. Washington has left the treaty and expects to test a rocket in the near future, which could be the beginning of a new arms race.

  • The Pentagon began preparations for testing a new cruise non-nuclear missile, reports CNN, citing a source. According to the channel, the United States developed a rocket as a "response to Russia."

  • The US Department of Defense intends to begin testing the rocket in the next few weeks, the source said. New weapons of Washington was specifically designed to challenge Moscow in Europe. According to the source, the rocket should be the response of the administration of US President Donald Trump to the “breaches” of the treaty on the elimination of medium and shorter-range missiles (DRDM) by Russia.

  • The treaty between the USSR, the successor of which is Russia, and the United States entered into force on June 1, 1988. Under the agreement, the parties have committed to destroying all launchers and ground-based missiles with a range of from 500 to 5500 km.

  • Washington blames Moscow for non-compliance with the agreement since 2013. According to the United States, Russia allegedly violated the treaty by adopting a 9M729 rocket. Washington believes that the characteristics of Russian weapons do not comply with the agreement. The United States is not satisfied with the range of 9M729, which, according to them, exceeds 500 km - the maximum in the INF. Moscow consistently rejects all accusations of Washington.

The new US cruise missile has not yet been put into mass production, but successful weapon tests may be the first step towards the emergence of a corresponding program.

At the same time, CNN analysts fear that missile tests may lead to the start of a new arms race between Moscow and Washington. Given that the US left the INF Treaty on August 2, the last deterrent between countries remains an agreement on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive arms (START-3). This agreement was concluded in 2010 and is valid until 2021, but the representatives of Russia and the United States have not yet reached an agreement on its extension.

The negative consequences of the dissolution of the INF Treaty has repeatedly become the subject of discussion not only in the United States and Russia but throughout the world. In particular, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted on the need to save the treaty. However, after its termination, the head of the alliance promised not to take rash steps.

“We will ensure that our means of nuclear deterrence remain safe, reliable and effective. Some of these measures can be implemented quickly, while others will take time. Everything we do will be balanced, coordinated and defensive, ”said Stoltenberg.

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NATO does not want a "new arms race" and will not deploy new missiles in Europe, the Alliance Secretary-General stressed.

  • The situation around the INF Treaty aggravated with the arrival of Trump to power in 2017. The American leader began to gradually break agreements that were "unprofitable" for the United States. In particular, under Trump, Washington left the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Regarding the treaty on the elimination of medium-range and shorter-range missiles, he continued the line of his predecessor Barack Obama and focused on the “violations” of Russia.

  • At the same time, if the Obama administration was not satisfied with only 9M729, Trump also criticized the Russian intercontinental ballistic missile RS-26 "Frontier". Despite the fact that the weapon has a maximum range of 12 thousand km and does not fall under the provisions of the INF Treaty, according to experts, it can be launched on targets and at a range of about 2-6 thousand km. Moscow, in response to US allegations, has repeatedly stated that it strictly abides by its obligations.

  • In turn, Russia also pointed to violations of the treaty by the United States. Moscow is not satisfied with the US missile defense system (PRO) Aegis Ashore. The fact is that in 2016 these systems were placed in Poland. In Russia, we are confident that Aegis Ashore can become the first strike, and this violates the contract.

  • Against the background of lengthy disputes, the United States delivered an ultimatum to Russia and in February 2019 announced their withdrawal from the INF Treaty. Washington demanded that Moscow destroy the 9M729 rocket in order to return to compliance with the agreement. Russia refused to comply with the condition of the United States and also announced its withdrawal from the agreement as a mirror response.

  • Later, the parties alternately tried to “save” the agreement. However, negotiations between the representatives of the United States and Russia did not yield any results. Washington continued to accuse Moscow and demand the destruction of the “banned rocket”. As a result, on August 2, the USA finally left the INF.

However, the United States has not completely abandoned its arms control discussions with Russia. According to Trump, countries need to conclude a new treaty.

  • "I think we will make a deal with Russia, where we will have control over armaments," Trump said.

He also added that it would be necessary to include China in the agreement, because Beijing in this matter almost caught up with Moscow and Washington.

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