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Russia ‘Forced’ To Create Hypersonic Missiles After US Exited Landmark Treaty: Putin

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Vladimir Putin has blamed the United States for Russia’s development of hypersonic weapons, saying specifically it was ultimately Washington’s withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) in 2002 which triggered the experimental defense technology program.

As the name suggests, it was an arms limitation and reduction treaty brokered with the Soviet Union which regulated the anti-ballistic missile systems used in defending areas against ballistic missile-delivered nuclear weapons.

Putin said during a televised address on Saturday: “The withdrawal of the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 forced Russia to start developing hypersonic weapons. We had to create these weapons in response to the deployment of the US strategic missile defense system, which was capable to actually neutralize, reset our entire nuclear potential in the future,” according to Russia’s Sputnik.

Russia 'Forced' To Create Hypersonic Missiles After US Exited Landmark Treaty: Putin
Image via RIA Novosti

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