Russia's INF Obligations Suspension Not Related to Arms Race - Upper House Chair

Russia's INF Obligations Suspension Not Related to Arms Race - Upper House Chair

The US will quit conforming to a milestone nuclear pact with Russian Federation when this weekends after last-ditch chats with Moscow to spare it bombed, a senior USA arms control official stated on Thursday.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday that it has asked the US side to destroy weapons prohibited by the arms-control Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

"Under my administration, we will never apologize for advancing America's interests", Trump told U.S. lawmakers assembled in the House chamber.

Last week, the United States said it was suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty starting from February 2 and would start the withdrawal process, which would be completed within six months unless Moscow remedied its alleged violations of the bilateral arms control deal.

"Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others. That's not what we're thinking about right now", he said.

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The missile-defense system located in Deveselu, in southern Romania, is technically known as Aegis Ashore. "The arrival time of Tomahawk missiles will be about an hour, while intermediate-range ballistic missiles will be able to reach Moscow in three to four minutes", Yesin said.

Russian Federation again slammed the United States on Thursday, putting forth that the "United States took no action to stop violating own obligations under the INF Treaty", reports Sputnik.

"I will make every possible effort to prevent it", he said.

The United States has repeatedly accused Russian Federation of violating the 1987 treaty with the development of its 9M729 ground-based missile systems (known as the SSC-8 under U.S. classification), which Washington claimed had a range of over 1,000 km, while the agreement bans missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km.

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