Contents tagged with INF Treaty

  • Putin demands breakthrough defense technologies following US withdrawal from INF Treaty

    On Monday 13 May, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a new series of meetings on the defense industry. During his opening address, he stressed the need to develop new weapons systems based on “breakthrough technologies”, RBC reports.

    “We must take into account the change in the military and political situation in the world, which is negatively affecting regional and global security. I’m referring primarily, of course, to the US’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) …

  • US to start producing components for missiles prohibited by Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    The US intends to start producing components for ground-based cruise missiles after it withdraws from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced US Defense Spokesperson Michelle Baldanza on Monday, 11 March.

    Previously the US could not engage in such production due to its obligations under the INF Treaty, the Pentagon spokesperson added. She noted that the components will be produced as part of a research program, which could be canceled “if Russia returns to full and …

  • Poroshenko announces new Ukrainian missile program following collapse of Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Following the withdrawal of Russia and the US from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Ukraine intends to develop new missile weaponry, announced Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a session of the Cherkasy regional development council, Ukrinform reports.

    “Russia has de facto violated the INF Treaty, and the US has legally withdrawn from it, and we have also been relieved of certain obligations which we complied with previously. We are no longer bound by any restrictions …

  • Putin urges Russian Security Services to search for foreign spies every day

    The operational situation around Russia is changing for the worse, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a speech to the board of Russia’s Federal Security Service. There is a continued expansion of NATO military infrastructure close to the border, the US is withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and foreign intelligence has ramped up its activity, he noted.

    According to Putin, foreign intelligence agencies are “trying to influence processes” in Russia, and “ …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine has no restrictions to create long-range ballistic missiles

    At the National Security and Defense Council's meeting, Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko  announced that Ukraine no longer has an obligation to refrain from developing powerful long-range missile systems.

    Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine welcomes the United States' decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty, formally Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range …

  • Putin suspends Russia’s participation in Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles Treaty

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the suspension of Russia’s participation in the Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles Treaty (INF), which was signed between Ronald Raegan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, reads the statement on the Kremlin’s website.

    According to the decree text, the decision was made because of “the United States violation of its obligations under the contract." The Russian Foreign Ministry will have to officially notify the United States and the …

  • President of Belarus threatens joint response with Russia if the USA deploys missiles in Europe

    Belarus may employ reciprocal measures together with Russia if the USA deploys missiles in Europe in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or INF, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated, BelTA reports. 

    “I am afraid that the Americans will grab the fleeting opportunity to deploy the missiles in Europe after breaking the treaty. If they do, things will turn nasty for us. And together with Russia we will have to think about reciprocal measures. It is unavoidable if …

  • Putin: Russia ready for new Cuban Missile Crisis

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is prepared for a new crisis like the Cuban Missile Crisis if the US wants to create it, and threatened to deploy hypersonic nuclear weapons on ships and submarines close to American territorial waters. 

    The Cuban Missile Crisis, known in Russia as the Caribbean Crisis, took place in 1962, when the US deployed nuclear missiles in Turkey, and Moscow responded by deploying missiles in Cuba, leading to a 13-day confrontation that put the world on …

  • Putin: Russia is ready to aim missiles at US

    Commenting on the demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty during a speech to the Federal Assembly of the State Duma, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is ready to aim missiles at the US in the event of a threat.

    According to Putin, Russia will aim its weapons not only against the European countries where the US deploys its intermediate and short-range missiles, but also against the US itself in the event of a threat.

    “If they really are produced and shipped to …

  • Ukrainian President: US refuses any talks with Russia after the Kerch Strait incident

    During a meeting with the support group advocating for the release of the Ukrainian sailors, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that US officials refused any meeting with Russian diplomats until Moscow releases the detainees who were arrested in the Kerch Strait. 

    According to Poroshenko, Washington’s decision was announced by US Vice President Michael Pence, whom he met during the Munich Security Conference. 

    “In Munich, during the Security Conference, I had a meeting with US Vice …