Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu explained that making the new weapon will be a "retaliatory measure" against the USA, which he said has already been developing its own short and mid-range missiles, "in real breach" of the INF Treaty. Russian Federation says they could also be used for attacks.
The US and all of NATO concluded recently that Russian Federation had spent years developing a banned nuclear-capable weapon, thereby making the treaty meaningless. Trump said in a statement that the US will "move forward" with developing its own military response options to Russia's new land-based cruise missiles that could target Western Europe.
"At the same time, they [the United States] are actively working on creating ground-based missiles with the range capability of over [310 miles], which is outside the treaty-stipulated limitations".
"We Europeans can not remain spectators of our own security", said French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly.
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But the Trump administration has hinted it would only be interested in saving a treaty that was expanded to include not just the U.S. and Russian Federation but China and other countries that have deployed mid-range ground-launched cruise missiles.
Shoigu added that adapting the Kalibr for use with ground forces will allow to "significantly reduce the time required for building new missiles and the amount of funds".
He also tasked defence officials with extending the maximum range of ground-based missiles that are being developed. He also said the range of land-based missile complexes that are now in development will need to be increased, as well.
Russian Federation earlier this week said it would not station intermediate-range weapons in Europe as long as it did not see similar steps by the United States.
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Since then, and under two different administrations, the United States has raised the topic on over thirty occasions with Russian officials, including at the highest levels, and participated in six meetings of technical experts in an effort to persuade Russia to return to compliance with the treaty.
The INF Treaty, signed by the Soviet Union and the United States on December 8, 1987, took effect on June 1, 1988.
The US State Department said in a statement on Saturday that the United States could not be restricted by the treaty while Russian Federation violated it.
Russia has repeatedly advanced such initiatives in recent years and proposed a phased approach to start new talks on arms limitation, starting with a joint Russia-US declaration on the inadmissibility of a nuclear war, Lavrov said.
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He said: "We see the basic concepts of the security architecture that was shaped after World War II being undermined, key strategic stability agreements being dismantled". With intense dialogue with friend and foe alike - with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, as well as with Russian Federation - the U.S. can find ways to secure Europe and to reduce big-power tensions, he says. It is indeed a blunder of the highest degree that not only makes the Trump administration look incompetent and foolish, but also puts the United States' European allies and all of us at greater risk of nuclear catastrophe.