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“Russia will give an answer”: US launches banned INF Treaty missile

The Pentagon announced a test of a medium-range cruise missile that violates the defunct INF Treaty.“Russia will give an answer”: US launches banned INF Treaty missile

“Russia will give an answer”: US launches banned INF Treaty missile

The Pentagon announced a test of a medium-range cruise missile that violates the defunct INF Treaty. In this regard, Moscow indicated that these tests make us think about the architecture of European security, and also promised an “asymmetric response” to Washington. Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded French leader Emmanuel Macron during the meeting that Moscow was not unilaterally withdrawing from the INF Treaty.

The U.S. Department of Defense has announced a test of a ground-based medium-range cruise missile that violates the defunct Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles.

The missile was launched on Sunday, August 18, from the US Navy-controlled island of San Nicholas off the coast of Los Angeles, California.

“The test rocket left its ground-based mobile launcher and hit the target more than 500 kilometres away,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
The US military also said that "the data collected during the tests will serve as the basis for the development of the Department of Defense capabilities of its future missiles."
This missile was described as "conditionally combat," that is, not equipped with a nuclear charge. It is also known that the United States plans to test a medium-range ballistic missile in November.
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense Yuri Shvytkinpointed out that these tests again confirm that the United States violated the INF Treaty and prepared to leave it in advance.
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this test makes us think again about the preservation of the architecture of the European security system, ”
- leads the "Moskovsky Komsomolets" parliamentary comment.
Member of the Defense and Security Committee of the Federation Council Franz Klintsevich called the Pentagon’s test of a missile banned by the INF Treaty two and a half weeks after the formal termination of this treaty “frank cynicism and mockery of the world community.”
“This is to the question of who buried the contract. But reading the moral to the Americans hardly makes sense; they only understand when they are responded with action. Of course, we will do everything as soon as possible to prevent US superiority in these types of weapons, ”the senator said.
At the same time, he promised that Russia would not enter a new arms race, and, perhaps, would give an “asymmetric response” to Washington for these military tests, RIA Novosti reports.
Also on Monday, August 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with French leader Emmanuel Macron in Bormes-Les-Mimosas, before which the Russian head of state also touched on the INF Treaty - as one of the most important international problems at present.
“I would like to recall that this is not Russia that unilaterally left the INF Treaty.
Now on the agenda is the issue of extending the strategic offensive arms treaty START-3.
We also do not see any initiatives on the part of our American partners, although our proposals are on the table, ”he complained.
The head of the Russian Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu said that the United States has budgeted funds for the development of weapons prohibited by the INF Treaty, almost a year before it officially came out of this Russian-American agreement, reports NSN.
Until such missiles were deployed in Europe, the head of the Russian military department promised not to take any steps in response to potential threats from the American side.
“We never refused dialogue, we offered it throughout all that time which passed from February to August. We showed our openness, ”added the army general.
In early August of this year, Putin noted that the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and the Foreign Intelligence Service will now more closely monitor the appearance of American missiles in Europe.
“Threats will be reliably counteracted by the means already existing in our country: X-101 and Dagger air-launched missiles, Caliber sea-based missiles, as well as promising complexes, including Zircon-type hypersonic systems,” the head of state said.
The INF Treaty is an agreement between Moscow and Washington, signed by General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan on December 8, 1987, during the Soviet-American summit in Washington.
By June 1991, the INF Treaty was completed: the USSR destroyed 1,846 missile systems (of which about half were produced missiles that were not on combat duty), the United States eliminated 846 systems.
In February this year, the United States announced the suspension of its obligations under the INF Treaty. Washington claims that Moscow allegedly violates the agreement, Russia categorically denies the allegations, FAN reports.

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