Contents tagged with INF

  • Russia threatens to deploy nuclear missiles near EU borders

    Russia will deploy medium and shorter-range missiles near EU borders if U.S. missiles are deployed in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Interfax.

    According to him, the missiles will be deployed along the borders with Baltics and Poland, if the U.S. moves missiles previously deployed in Germany to these regions, as proposed by the U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher.

    "Those countries that are now literally fighting for the American military presence in …

  • Kremlin: U.S. refuses to extend last nuclear weapons treaty with Russia

    The global nuclear weapons control system, created by the United States and the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War, is steadily heading for collapse.

    Following the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), the last agreement remaining from the 1970-1980 disarmament period, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), may go to the dustbin of history.

    Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev, who signed the SALT II (Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty) in June 1979, agreed to limit the …

  • Russian military expert: US may deprive Russia of ability to respond to nuclear strike

    A member of the Russian Academy of Rocket and Artillery Sciences Konstantin Sivkov said that the United States might soon adopt a new medium-range missile designed to defeat the control centers of Russian Strategic Missile Forces, reports RIA Novosti.

    "We should expect the adoption of medium-range missiles of the Pershing II type soon, the so-called weapon of counter-force potential. It is intended to strike at the Russian Strategic Missile Forces control centers to deprive our country of the …

  • Putin vows to develop new medium-range missiles

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will start creating new medium-range weapons because the United States already has them, reports Interfax news agency.

    "I sent a corresponding appeal to the leaders of many countries of the world, that we are not going to deploy medium-range missile systems if we have them. And now, of course, we will work on their development, because the Americans already have them," said Putin, speaking at the Council of the heads the CIS countries (former …

  • Russia conducts Topol-M ballistic missile launch

    Russia carried out a combat training launch of the intercontinental Topol-M ballistic missile. The purpose of the missile launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome was to confirm the flight performance of the missile system, reported the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the Ministry, "the combat unit arrived at the specified landing point on the Kamchatka Peninsula."

    Washington and NATO believe that the Russian Federation violated the INF Treaty with the 9M729 missile, capable of hitting …

  • NATO rejects Russia’s proposed moratorium on intermediate and short range missiles

    NATO has rejected Russia’s proposal that a moratorium be put on the deployment of intermediate and short-ranged missiles, because Moscow’s initiative is “untrustworthy”, Alliance spokesperson Oana Lungescu told Deutsche Welle.

    She pointed out that Russia has already deployed SSC-8 missiles (9M729 in Russian classification) in its own territory.

    “Before negotiations, they need to destroy these missiles in a verifiable way,” the NATO representative emphasized.

    Kommersant reported previously …

  • Russia: The risk of unintentional nuclear war is real

    The collapse of the Russian-American nuclear arms control system makes nuclear war a real threat, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on Thursday.

    The Russian politician asserts that it is exclusively western countries that are to blame for breaching the bilateral nuclear arms reduction treaties and creating the threat of an exchange of nuclear attacks. The West’s policy of “scrapping” the mechanisms that were developed over decades is “deliberate”, he says.

    “The negative …

  • Russia promises to start developing intermediate and short-range missiles

    Russia will develop intermediate and short-range missiles, but will not deploy them unless the US does, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

    According to the TASS news agency, Putin said that Russia has not yet heard a reaction from the US or Europe. The Russian president mentioned the US’s testing of sea-based Tomahawk missiles adapted to be fired from the land. Putin also claimed that these rockets can be fired from …

  • Kremlin vows to respond to US military expansion in Europe, Asia and Pacific

    Moscow will take symmetrical measures in response to the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (IMF) only when the U.S. begins deploying new missiles in Europe and Asia, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel.

    "We will not be there until they [the US] get to Asia and the Asia-Pacific region," he added.

    At the same time, Shoygu said that Moscow is ready to continue dialogue with Washington on medium and shorter-range …

  • Kremlin: Russia offers NATO a moratorium on deployment of intermediate range missiles

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow would like to offer the United States and NATO to declare a moratorium on the deployment of missiles of the shorter and medium range following the example of Russia, reports TASS news agency.

    "We offered the United States and other NATO countries to discuss the possibility of declaring the same moratorium on the deployment of medium-range and shorter-range weapons, as the moratorium declared by Vladimir Putin," Ryabkov said. The …