Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russian Federation will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday. Washington has so far not provided a single shred of evidence to prove that Russia had violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Russian-Tajik Slavonic University on Tuesday.
Tomihisa Taue issued a statement in connection with the USA notice to Russian Federation that Washington intends to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
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.
Washington had made clear it planned to start research, development and design work on new missile systems and Moscow would do the same, Putin said.
For example, Vershbow says the U.S. could negotiate with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners on deploying a new sea- or air-launched cruise missile that could meet the provocation of Russia's ground-launched missile without requiring missile stationing on reluctant allies' territory.
"We Europeans can not remain spectators of our own security", said French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly.
The agreement came about after a little over a decade of sabre rattling and showdown diplomacy between the US and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics over the deployment of cruise missiles and short range ballistic missiles, which were largely a threat to Western Europe. It said Russian Federation was violating the treaty's terms and had six months to become compliant. At the same time, the United States will begin the process of withdrawing from the treaty, which will be effective in six months, he said.
"We will wait until our partners have matured enough to conduct an equal, meaningful dialogue with us on this important topic", Putin added.More news: European nations raise pressure on Venezuela's Maduro
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Live nuclear testing ended in 1996 after President Jacques Chirac's failed in a bid to lift France's moratorium on testing in 1995 - sparking an outcry from Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific countries at the time.
Putin also noted during yesterday's meeting that he would like the military to prepare a response to the possible deployment of weapons in space, echoing Trump's calls. He said the military must reconfigure the existing defense budget to find money for the new weapons.
President Trump has chosen to surround himself with unsafe advisors who, in defiance of President Reagan's vision, choose to put all humanity at risk by pursuing a perpetual nuclear arms race.
He said the measures were "tit for tat" after the USA pulled out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Russian Federation has also dismissed the accusations that its 9M729 traveled more than 310 miles, arguing it actually was just under 300 miles, or a few miles less than its predecessor, during the missile's public debut last month. The decision comes in response to the United States halting its participation in the agreement.
Administration officials have dismissed concerns that the treaty's demise could trigger a race to develop and deploy more intermediate-range missiles.
"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. The weapons are a means to prevent American forces from intervening in issues related to Taiwan, which China sees as a renegade province, or the South China Sea, which Beijing regards as being within its sphere of influence. China's building of artificial islands on tiny reefs in the middle of the South China Sea created a fresh theatre for geopolitical manoeuvres.