If US develops banned missiles, so will Russia: Putin

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned the United States that if it walks out of a key arms treaty and starts developing the type of missiles banned by it,

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Putin’s remarks to Russian news agencies on Wednesday came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting that Washington will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days, citing Russian “cheating”.

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The US has shared intelligence evidence with its NATO allies that it says shows that Russia’s new SSC-8 ground-fired cruise missile could give Moscow the ability to launch a nuclear strike in Europe with little or no notice. Russia has denied the accusations.

President Donald Trump earlier this year announced his decision to withdraw from the INF, accusing Russia and China – which is not a signatory to the treaty – of violating it.

  • Publisher: The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Date: 2018-12-05T17:08:06+00:00
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Under the gun: Rearmament for arms control in Europe

The decrepitude of arms control treaties in Europe is becoming increasingly apparent at the same time as Russia continues to act as a revisionist power. Russia’s unpredictability and lack of transparency is part of its competitive advantage. It will therefore not give this up by returning to arms-control agreements of the late cold war or negotiating new ones.

Arms control is an integrated part of Russia’s military strategy: to advance its own military position while weakening that of its enemies. As a result, it is open to arms-control agreements that would entrench its military superiority in eastern Europe and prevent the technological gap between Russia and the West from growing. This logic creates an opportunity for the West.

Beyond INF: A Democratic House & A New Era Of War (Analysis)

US Army HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) trucks. The longest-range missile HIMARS can fire currently is the 186-mile ATACMS, but the Army is developing new weapons ‘ and investigating ranges exceeding those allowed by the INF Treaty in case the US withdraws.

WASHINGTON: Does America need more missiles? The Democrats set to chair key House committees would say ‘no,’ lest we trigger a new nuclear arms race by abandoning the 1987 INF Treaty.

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Moscow Set to Re-Activate Cuban Base It Closed in 2002 and Perhaps Open New Ones

Vladimir Putin appears to be readying to reactivate a Soviet-era signals intelligence (SIGINT) base in Cuba that he closed back in 2002. This prospect is already attracting concerned attention in the West but may be more of a negotiating ploy in response to the United States’ announcement that it was pulling out of the bilateral Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. In fact, the basing site in question, which Cuba has since converted into a university, is relatively small and would duplicate rather than significantly add to Russian abilities to monitor US activities in the Caribbean. Nonetheless, if the Kremlin leader should decide to establish additional bases in Cuba, as some Russian commentators are now suggesting, that would be a different matter altogether’particularly if he succeeds in this goal.

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Pentagon Confirms It’s Developing Nuclear Cruise Missile to Counter a Similar Russian One

The new Russian missile, dubbed SSC-8, is thought to be a variant of the Iskander missile. Here, an Iskander launcher drives through Moscow’s Red Square.

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The new Nuclear Posture Review nods to North Korea, China, and Iran but devotes most of its time to Russian threats and U.S. deterrence.

The U.S. military is developing a ground-launched, intermediate-range cruise missile to counter a similar Russian weapon whose deployment violates an arms-control treaty between Moscow and Washington, U.S. officials said’Friday.

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