Trashing Treaties: It's Not Just Trump

Trashing Treaties: It's Not Just Trump

Trashing Treaties: It's Not Just Trump

Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday the country must develop new types of missile systems in the next two years after Washington and Moscow ripped up a key arms control treaty.

The defense secretary's statement follows a decision by the United States last week to suspend obligations to the INF Treaty, a bilateral arms agreement banned ground-launched missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (310 to 3,410 miles).

On Saturday, Washington said it had formally notified Russian Federation and other treaty parties of the United States' intent and suspended its obligations under the INF.

"We will provide Russian Federation and the other treaty parties with formal notice that the United States is withdrawing from the INF Treaty effective in six months, pursuant to Article 15 of the treaty", he said on Friday, indicating that the treaty could still be saved if Russian Federation returns to full and verifiable compliance with the treaty within the next six months.

The Russian military should start work on creating land-based launch systems for an existing ship-launched cruise missile, the Kalibr, and for longer-range hypersonic missiles which travel at least five times the speed of sound, he said.

Donald Trump, the United States president, has accused Moscow of violating the treaty with "impunity", a reference to years of complaints that it was secretly developing a prohibited missile. It said Russian Federation was violating the treaty's terms and had six months to become compliant. This was done in response to a six-month of the agreement by Washington. The US responded by saying it would withdraw and design its own treaty-busting missiles.

Russian Federation responded by saying it would build its own new nukes in retaliation, and its state-controlled media said nuclear war was now more likely.

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The US is hopeful that it can put our relationship with Russian Federation back on better footing, but the onus is on Russian Federation to change course from a pattern of destabilising activity, not just on this issue but on many others as well, Pompeo said.

Moscow's relations with the West are strained over issues including Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, allegations of meddling in the U.S. presidential election and being behind a nerve agent attack in Britain.

The U.S. announced Friday it was dropping out of the agreement after Russian Federation denied that some of its new cruise missiles violated the agreement.

About 90 percent of China's missiles are said to have intermediate ranges as the country is not party to the INF treaty. "Over the same period we will also have to create a land-based missile system with a long-range hypersonic missile".

While Russia now acknowledges the existence of the 9M729, which it had denied until 2017, it continues to assert falsely that the missile is compliant with the INF Treaty, spreading false information about the missile's range, capability, and testing history.

"He's had a major role in killing four signature agreements", he says, listing those as former President Bill Clinton's agreed framework with North Korea, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty scrapped under President George W. Bush, the Iran deal, and now INF.

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