Trump vows to outspend Russian Federation without new missile pact

Cheryl Sanders
February 10, 2019

Russia's Ministry of Defence said on Thursday that the United States should destroy its MK-41 missile defence launch systems deployed in Romania in order to return to compliance with a Cold War-era nuclear pact.

The Undersecretary of Defense for Policy made his statement after Russian Federation indicated on Tuesday that it will also abandon the INF after the U.S. withdrawal, with plans to develop two new land-based missile launch systems by 2021 to counter USA developments in its missile capabilities.

"Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can't".

The Trump administration announced last October that, because of Russian violations dating back several years, it was planning to pull the United States from the pact.

On February 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow also suspended its obligations under the treaty in response to the United States move.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier Tuesday that Putin had approved plans for new missiles.

"Over the same period we will also have to create a land-based missile system with a long-range hypersonic missile", he said.

Latvia, like other members of the NATO alliance, has backed the United States which has charged since the administration of former president Barack Obama that Russian Federation is infringing on the INF treaty with the range of its new 9M729 missile system.

Romanian Foreign Affairs minister Teodor Melescanu reacted to Russia's demands and said that the Deveselu facility is purely defensive and that accusations that this base could be used to launch nuclear missiles is "a baseless gimmick" used by Russian Federation to justify its construction of missiles that violate the INF treaty and create "a real danger, and not just for Romania".

"The hard answer is that I don't see now much appetite to do anything in this direction, nearly from everyone", Rinkevics said.

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