Putin threatens to develop nuclear missiles banned by US-Russia treaty

Clay Curtis
December 8, 2018

The NATO chief said the alliance is also preparing a contingency plan in case the Kremlin fails to comply and the US pulls out of the accord.

But Mr Putin says the accusation is a pretext for the U.S. to leave the pact.

In October, President Donald Trump declared the United States would pull out of the treaty and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

"What's our response? It's simple".

The laser is said to be able to destroy targets "within fractions of a second", but Russian Federation has been quiet about what the weapon actually does.

Earlier, Russia's President Vladimir Putin also warned that Moscow will start developing missiles now banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty if the U-S pulls out of the 19-87 accord.

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Arriving for talks with Nato foreign ministers, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini urged the two countries to save the treaty, saying it had "guaranteed peace and security in European territory for 30 years now".

"The reckless expansion of NATO, the build-up of the alliance's potential on the so-called Eastern flank, the deployment of United States missile defence systems in Europe, the illegitimate sanctions under imaginary pretexts - all these things have led to a crisis of confidence in the Euro-Atlantic", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Western military alliance formally accused Russian Federation of breaking the treaty.

In Brussels, EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini urged Russian Federation and the United States to save the treaty, warning that Europe did not want to become a battlefield for global powers once again, as it had been during the Cold War.

The statement said the member nations "strongly support" the USA claim that Russian Federation is in breach of the pact, and called on Moscow to "return urgently to full and verifiable compliance".

Until then, Pompeo said, the U.S. would not "test or produce or deploy any systems" that would breach the treaty. Much of the information about the complex remains classified, but stated that he allowed Russian Federation to get ahead of their competitors in the field of laser weapons.

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