Is the US entering a new arms race with Russian Federation?

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 9, 2019

-Russian nuclear pact is in danger following the USA move to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday.

The INF Treaty banned land-based nuclear-capable missiles with a range between 300 and 3,200 miles during the Reagan administration when Russian Federation and the USA had populated much of Europe with intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

Ryabkov said that the US has shown "no readiness or desire" to engage in substantive talks on extending the pact, which limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia February 7, 2019.

"As soon as our U.S. colleagues are ready to hand over to us something like this in practical terms, we will certainly consider this with interest and I hope in a positive way", Ryabkov said.

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The Ministry of Defense (MOD) summoned the U.S. military attaché in Moscow on Wednesday to hand him the treaty-related memo. "It is a relatively simple treaty to extend, so we have time with that". The US accused Russian Federation of building prohibited missiles, but said that it may return to the accord if Moscow eliminates the violation within the next 180 days.

However, since Romania hosts the US missile-defense system on its territory, "it can not be overlooked by the Russian defense planning", Kuzmin said in response to an RFE/RL reporter's question. Russia, which has denied any breaches, has followed suit.

Ryabkov said the United States had not sent Moscow any concrete proposals for a new pact. So in some respects, that's why I feel as far as the treaty's concerned, pulling out of it, may be the right thing to do because one, it unhand-cuffs the United States, because China is producing nuclear weapons, Iran is producing nuclear weapons, North Korea obviously has nuclear weapons.

"It's very alarming", he said, adding that the plans could revive old Cold War era concepts.

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