The Moscow Prime Minister said Russia must build a new land-based cruise missile and a new land-based hypersonic missile by 2021 in response to the US withdrawal from a major arms control agreement with the country.
Call of the Minister Just a few days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) contract and claim alleged violations of Russia.
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Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted on Tuesday by the RIA news agency when he ordered the military to begin developing the new missile systems and ensure that the technology will be operational by 2021
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"We will reply in return," said Russian President Vladimir Putin, announcing the lifting of the INF Treaty. "Our American partners have announced that they will suspend their participation in the contract, and we will do so. They have announced that they will carry out research and development and we will act accordingly. "
Pompeo accused Russia of developing and deploying a cruise missile that violates provisions of the Covenant prohibiting the production, testing and use of land-based cruises and ballistic bans missiles with a range of 310 to 3,410 miles.
Unlike the Kremlin, the US has "fully respected" the pact for more than 30 years, Pompeo said: "But we will not be constrained by its conditions, while Russia misrepresents its position Actions We can not be the only country […]
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He gave Russia six months to destroy the cruise missiles claimed by Washington and can destroy are in violation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.