Russian Federation plans land-based intermediate missiles in two years

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Russia's defence minister says the nation will develop land-based intermediate range missiles within two years.

The United States announced on Friday it was withdrawing from the 1987 pact banning ground-launched missiles in Europe, accusing Moscow of violations.

Although Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has said that Moscow should not participate in a new arms race with Washington, Russia has now signalled it will develop new land-based missiles as quickly and at as low a cost as possible.

The U.S. has accused Russian Federation of developing and deploying a cruise missile that violates provisions of the pact that ban production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (310 to 3,410 miles).

"For too long", Trump said in a written statement issued by the White House, Russia has violated the treaty "with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops overseas".

Shoigu said a land-based version of the navy's Kalibr cruise missile and a new land-based hypersonic missile must be built in 2019 or 2020.

Last week, US President Donald Trump announced the US would leave the pact, which it has long accused the Russians of violating.

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The INF agreement was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Thus a stalwart of the Cold War's wind up is about to disappear and according to some analysts, Russian Federation and the United States are about to embark on another arms race. Russian Federation denies violating the treaty. The US responded by saying it would withdraw and design its own treaty-busting missiles. Now, China and others such as Pakistan, India, and North Korea, are thought to have such capability-and they are not bound by the INF treaty. "A new era has begun, an era when the United States decides to move towards destroying the entire arms control system, which is regrettable", he said. The U.S. cited Russia's continued development of long-range missiles as the reason for the decision. The INF specifically limited land-based missiles, a condition that Russian Federation has claimed was advantageous to the United States.

Reports suggest Russian Federation could already have deployed up to about 100 of these missiles.

Ground-launched missiles were banned under the INF, but not sea or air-launched ones, which Russian Federation already possesses and that can be used to create the new systems.

The mission comes as Paris looks to ensure its long-term nuclear dissuasion program, with Europe increasingly anxious about security as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow.

The INF Treaty represented a good-faith effort between two rivals to de-escalate the threat of nuclear war, particularly the risk of short-notice attacks.

"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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