Russia on Tuesday criticised the UNITED STATE for increase military tensions by testing a ground-launched, medium-range cruise missile weeks after withdrawing from the INF deal with Moscow.
Moscow stated the U.S. was stoking military tensions by testing the missile after Washington tore up a Cold War-era pact banning this type of possibly nuclear-capable weapon.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov told state news firm TASS “all this elicits regret. The U.S. has obviously taken a course toward escalating military tensions and we will not succumb to provocations.’’
The minister stressed that Moscow would stick to a unilateral moratorium on such missile systems.
Ryabkov said that despite the test, Russia did not plan to deploy any new missiles, unless the U.S. did so first.
The Pentagon on Monday claimed it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km (310 miles) of flight.
It included that it was the very first of such operation since the death of a landmark Cold War-era nuclear pact this month.
The U.S. formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia on Aug. 2 after charging Moscow of violating the deal, a charge dismissed by the Kremlin.
The U.S. missile test would certainly have been prohibited under the treaty.
The INF prohibited land-based missiles with a range of between 310 and also 3,400 miles (500 and also 5,500 kilometres), minimizing the capability of both countries to launch a nuclear strike at short notice.
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