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SEPTEMBER 2020

Russia Warns Of US Deployment Of INF-banned Missiles In Europe, Asia

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Russia Warns Of US Deployment Of INF-banned Missiles In Europe, Asia

Conventional ground-launched cruise missile test, San Nicolas Island, California, August 18, 2019. IMAGE: US Department of Defense/Scott Howe

The US could deployed missiles bunned under the collapsed Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in Europe and Asia, Russia warns.

“This year, the US essentially destroyed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and that’s why we need to monitor possible deployments of such missiles around the world”, President Vladimir Putin said during his speech at a Russian Defence Ministry meeting.

He stressed the need to monitor US actions in terms of deploying INF-banned short and medium-range missiles and suggest to Washington to avoid doing this near Russia’s border. In this case, according to the Russian leader, Moscow will not deploy its own missiles.

Putin expressed his concern at the “degradation” of the global arms control system. He noted that the US decision to pull out of the INF Treaty in 2019 was not the only matter that contributed to this. Putin said that this step is unfolding place amid the continuing growth of the US global anti-missile defence system.

The Russian leader emphasized the need to ensure an effective deterrence against aggression directed at Russia or its allies. Russia, according to Putin, will continue to boost its nuclear forces until new talks on arms control have begun. He said that Russia is ready for such talks, reiterating the Kremlin’s calls for the US to negotiate prolonging the New START Treaty.

During the Defense Ministry meeting, Putin also revealed that by the end of 2020, the share of modern military equipment in the Russian Armed Forces will be 70%.

In 2020, the Russian Navy will receive Borei-A class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Oleg, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu added. The Russian military will have a total of 7 Borei and Borei-A class submarines by the end of 2020.

According to him, 565 modern armored vehicles, 436 missile and artillery systems and two Buk-M3 divisions will be delivered to Russian forces. Additionally, 22 launchers of Avangard hypersonic missile system and Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles will be delivered by the end of 2020. The Russian military is also considering to arm Su-57 fighter jets with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles by 2028.

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