US Missile-Testing Plans Prove Washington Sought INF Breakdown


Signed in 1987 between the Soviet Union and the United States, the INF Treaty marked the first-ever pact reached by Washington and Moscow on nuclear disarmament and a major step forward in restricting the arms race.

Pentagon officials outlined a plan to produce a low-flying cruise missile with a potential range of around 1,000km and a ballistic missile capable of traveling 3,000 to 4,000km.

The official said the United States was also looking to test an intermediate-range ballistic missile in November, adding that both would be conventional and not nuclear. Then some story was created that we allegedly have a type of missile that goes beyond the INF Treaty. Washington is determined to withdraw from the treaty in six months unless Russian Federation returns to "real and verifiable" compliance, he said.

Following U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty later this year, the U.S. Department of Defense will begin testing new systems that would previously have been prohibited.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko earlier said Ukraine was no more bound by any restrictions regarding the missile range after Russia's withdrawal from the INF Treaty.

Russian Federation announced it was suspending the treaty.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to design new weapons banned under the pact but said he would deploy them only if the U.S. does.

"We're going to test a ground-launched cruise missile in August", said a senior defense official, who declined to be named. Trump said during the event the issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft "effective immediately", in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people.

"We haven't engaged any of our allies about forward deployment", the USA defense official said.

Washington has not spoken to any European or Asian allies about the possibility of hosting the missile on their territory, according to the defense officials.

The United States used systems that "de facto were in violation of the basic provisions of the INF Treaty", Peskov stressed. The ballistic missile, however, is likely to take longer.

However, he thinks it could be possible that the Trump administration was simply arranging for an end of the INF treaty. The alliance also needs to develop a post-INF arms control strategy because "if the United States tries to bully North Atlantic Treaty Organisation into accepting deployment of such missiles, it is going to provoke a destabilizing action-reaction cycle and missile race". Russian Federation denied the allegations and accused the United States of violating the pact through its missile defense installations in Europe - accusations the State Department refuted.