In early February, the United States confirmed that they would suspend their participation in the 10-year INF treaty, which prohibits medium-range ground rockets with a range of 310-3,400 miles. The US administration said it had taken action after Russia refused to accept that the SSC-8 missile directly contradicted the Cold War deal.
The next day Putin reacted, stopping also his country's commitment to the treaty. Speaking in the media on this day, Putin said that Russia would give the United States a "mirror response" by engaging in new research and development of nuclear missile technologies, but will not "engage in an arms race."
On Wednesday, Putin rejected the US statement that his withdrawal from the treaty was due to Russian violations of the pact, reports the Associated Press. He argued that the United States had falsified allegations to justify its decision to waive the pact and said that the US had violated the treaty itself.
He concluded, saying that Russia is always convinced that it is safe. He said the country would be ready for further arms control negotiations, but would not continue to knock on the closed door.
(Written by Andrew Osborne Editing by Christian Lowe)
Keywords: RUSSIA PUTIN / USA MISSILE
Wednesday, February 20, 201
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