Russian Federation to beef up security following US INF pullout

Mikhail Metzel  TASS

The United States could begin research and development on weapons previously barred by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, according to multiple USA officials - a move likely to play into concerns about a new nuclear arms race.

In December, the USA gave Russian Federation a 60 day warning about withdrawing from the treaty, asking Moscow to return compliance by destroying the missiles that allegedly violate the treaty.

Last week, the United States said it was suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty starting from February 2 and would start the withdrawal process, which would be completed within six months unless Moscow remedied its alleged violations of the bilateral arms control deal.

While pointing the finger at Russia, US officials have voiced concern that the 1987 treaty does not constrain China, whose rapidly growing military relies on medium-range missiles as a core part of its defense strategy.

On Thursday, Andrea Thompson, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security ultimate converses in Beijing with Sergei Ryabkov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister prior to the lapse of a U.S. 60-day deadline for Moscow to return into consistency with the settlement. Undersecretary for Defense Policy John Rood also said Wednesday there were no plans for such a deployment.

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"Over the same period we will also have to create a land-based missile system with a long-range hypersonic missile", he said.

Russian Federation again slammed the United States on Thursday, putting forth that the "United States took no action to stop violating own obligations under the INF Treaty", reports Sputnik. However, he said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would continue to work with Moscow in an effort to bring it into compliance.

No one has come forward and said, you know what, you're right, U.S. Maybe Russia's not made a mistake here.

The United States has repeatedly accused Russian Federation of violating the INF - something Russian Federation has repeatedly denied.

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