INF treaty suspended; Russia kickstarts developing new medium-range missiles

Following the suspension of intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty Russia is to kickstart developing new medium-range missiles.

Earlier, President Trump alleged Russia violating the 1987 agreement and announced abandoning the nuclear arms treaty. A day later Russia announced suspension of the treaty.

Ground-launched hypersonic missiles with an intermediate range was banned under the treaty but after the suspension Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered for its development along with conversion of previous sea-based cruise missiles capable of ground launches.

However, Putin said the missiles would not be deployed unless United States deploys its own such weapons.

He added, “Our American partners have stated about suspending their participation in the treaty, and we are suspending ours. They have stated that they are doing research, and research and development, and we will do the same.”

Earlier too American officials accused Russia for creating cruise missiles that violated treaty.

Trump said America will develop own military response options and to work with allies, partners and NATO to deny military advantage to Russia.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “When an agreement is so brazenly disregarded, and our security so openly threatened, we must respond.”

Paul Linus