Putin warns Trump of new unstoppable nuclear arms race if US walks out of key arms treaty over Russian ‘cheating’

Putin's remarks came a day after the United States announced it was pulling out the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days because of Russian "cheating".

Russia has denied that it has been violating the treaty.

But America A 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.

President Donald Trump earlier this year announced his decision to withdraw from the INF, which has been described as a cornerstone of global security, accusing Russia and China which is not a signatory to the treaty of violating it.

Putin said today America’s decision to ditch the INF means the authorities have decided that the US "has to have these weapons".

Speaking at a briefing of foreign military attaches earlier, General Valery Gerasimov, chief of staff of the Russian military, warned of a Russian response.

And he said it would be the countries that host US intermediate-range missiles that would become immediate targets for Russia.

The Foreign Ministry says it has received official notification from the United States that it intends to walk out of a key Cold War-era treaty.

 

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In August long-range missiles were fired from nuclear subs in the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting yesterday that Washington would suspend its obligations under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days.Russia has denied US and NATO allegations that it was violating the landmark treaty that banned an entire class of weapons.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters today that Moscow has been received an official notice from Washington that quotes unspecified evidence of Russian violations.

Ms  Zakharova insisted that Russia has always respected the treaty and considers it "one of the key pillars of strategic stability and international security".


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