Peresvet, new laser weapons systems, in Russia's military

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2018

Stoltenberg said that although Russian Federation has a last chance to comply, "we must also start to prepare for a world without the treaty", which was the first to abolish a whole category of weapons.

However, Mr Putin appeared on Russian TV to refute the claims, saying U.S. accusations were a pretext so that they could exit the agreement.

In televised comments, the Russian leader said many other countries had developed weapons banned under the INF treaty.

The Russian President said: "Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that the United States must also have such a weapon".

"What's our response? It's simple - in that case we will also do this".

In October, President Donald Trump declared the United States would pull out of the treaty and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

The laser is said to be able to destroy targets "within fractions of a second", but Russian Federation has been quiet about what the weapon actually does.

"The INF has guaranteed peace and security in European territory for 30 years now", Mogherini said as she arrived for talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers.

On Tuesday, the Western military alliance formally accused Russian Federation of breaking the treaty.

"There are no new US missiles in Europe, but there are new Russian missiles, SSC-8, they are mobile, they are hard to detect, they are nuclear capable", he stated.

The US won strong backing for its position from the rest of the NATO allies, who said in a joint statement that it was "now up to Russian Federation to preserve the INF treaty".

Earlier, Russia's President Vladimir Putin also warned that Moscow will start developing missiles now banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty if the U-S pulls out of the 19-87 accord.

The US navy is testing a laser weapons system that could go into service next spring. "It makes no sense for the United States to remain in a treaty that constrains our ability to respond to Russia's violations". European leaders have expressed concern that any collapse of the I-N-F treaty could lead to a new, destabilizing arms race between Russian Federation and the West.

The last time the U.S. withdrew from a major arms treaty was in 2002, when President George W Bush pulled the USA out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which banned weapons created to counter ballistic nuclear missiles. It was replaced by a modified defence system in 2016.

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