Russian Federation plans land-based intermediate missiles in two years

Russian Federation plans land-based intermediate missiles in two years

The minister's call to arms came just days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, or INF, citing alleged violations by Russian Federation.

Russia's military and state-sponsored media have reacted with a fire and fury of their own to the news that the USA will exit the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaties, threatening to deploy a nuclear "doomsday device".

The US accuses Russia of several violations, including their claims a new Russian missile falls within the 500-5,500km (310-3,400 miles) range banned by the treaty.

"We must worry that the USA will next quit the New START Treaty signed with Russian Federation in 2010; such an action would erase a legally binding, verifiable agreement capping the number of strategic nuclear warheads possessed by the nuclear powers", said the group.

The January test of the Burevestnik comes shortly after the release of the United States' 2019 Missile Defense Review, which called for the development of a range of new technologies to augment existing US defensive capabilities against cruise and ballistic missile threats.

"We Europeans can not remain spectators of our own security", said French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly. The U.S. cited Russia's continued development of long-range missiles as the reason for the decision.

"The latest example is in plain sight, specifically, the United States' pullout from the INF Treaty under a far-fetched, unsubstantiated pretext of alleged violations of that accord by Russian Federation".

Axel Goethals, CEO of Brussels-based European Institute for Asian Studies, said it is clear that the USA, in withdrawing from this treaty, wants to have its hands more free to deal with the new multilateral world order.

"We must design a ground-launched modification of the sea-launched long-range Kalibr cruise missile system, which has proven its worth in Syria, in 2019-2020", Shoigu told his ministry during a teleconference on Tuesday.

"We will wait until our partners have matured enough to conduct an equal, meaningful dialogue with us on this important topic", Putin added.

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At the same time, Putin told his ministers that he would like to review the progress on building other prospective weapons that don't fall under the INF treaty, including the intercontinental Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle and the Poseidon underwater nuclear-powered drone.

This will not start an arms race; one has been going on for 10 years at least.

Putin also noted during Saturday's meeting that he would like the military to prepare a response to the possible deployment of weapons in space.

"Pulling out of the INF Treaty was an unconscionable and reckless act on the part of the Trump administration", said Patrick O'Neill, one of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven.

"I don't think we're talking about the development of a Cold War", Lavrov said. And China has missiles - from short-range area denial missiles to ICBMS.

Washington is "actively working to create land-based missiles with a range of over 500km", which has caused Putin to order a "mirror response", Shoigu said.

This is a developing story, more to follow.

"The issue of missiles under the treaty is directly linked to security in East Asia".

Earlier last week USA intelligence officials called attention to efforts by China and Russian Federation to expand their global influence, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.