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Putin vows 'symmetric response' to U.S. missile test

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered an analysis of 'the level of threat for our country created by the actions of the US and to take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetric response'

'SYMMETRIC RESPONSE.' This file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin. File photo by AFP

Russia, China blast U.S. missile test

Aug 21, 2019 - 7:21 AM

Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov says, the 'US has obviously taken a course towards escalation of military tensions. We won't react to provocations.'

This US Department of Defense (DOD) handout photo shows on August 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform DOD's development of future intermediate-range capabilities. Scott HOWE / DoD / AFP

U.S. tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The launch is a sign of Washington beefing up its nuclear war-fighting capabilities in the wake of the collapse of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

TEST. This US Department of Defense handout photo shows on August 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. AFP PHOTO /DOD/SCOTT HOWE/HANDOUT

Putin urges new arms talks with U.S. to avoid 'chaos'

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:05 PM

President Vladimir Putin says that if Russia receives information about US development of new missiles, it 'will be forced to begin the full-scale development of similar missiles'

NEW TALKS? Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik/AFP

U.S., Russia rip up Cold War-era INF missile treaty

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow says the deal has been terminated 'at the initiative of the US,' while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia is 'solely responsible for the treaty's demise'

INF TREATY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

European Union urges Russia to continue to respect nuclear missile treaty

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The European Union says Russia should take 'substantial and transparent actions' to ensure compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

4TH TERM. Russia votes to hand President Vladimir Putin a historic 4th term. File photo by AFP

Putin suspends INF arms treaty with U.S.

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Moscow and Washington have accused one another of breaching the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement concluded between the US and the former Soviet Union in 1987

INF. According to a statement, President Vladimir Putin has 'signed a decree regarding the suspension of Russia's participation in the agreement between the USSR and the US.' File photo by AFP

Putin threatens to target West with new missiles

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The longtime Russian leader warns Washington against deploying any new missiles in Europe following the collapse of a key Cold War-era treaty, saying Moscow will consider it a 'serious threat'

STATE OF THE NATION. Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials, and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Disarmament efforts must include China as well as U.S., Russia – Merkel

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:25 PM

According to a new report by the Institute for Strategic Studies, up to 95 percent of China's arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles will be in breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty if Beijing were party to it

SECURITY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to give a speech during the 55th Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on February 16, 2019. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Russia to develop new missile systems in 2 years after treaty pullout

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'During 2019-2020 we have to develop a land-based version of the seaborne Kalibr system equipped with a long-range cruise missile which showed good results in Syria,' says Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu

MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) attends a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow on February 2, 2019. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

U.S. bolts Cold War missile treaty as Russia warns of arms race

Feb 01, 2019 - 10:10 PM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump says the United States was suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty as of Saturday, February 2, and started a process to withdraw in 6 months

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting between US and Chinese officials in the Oval Office of the White House January 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Russia wheels out key missile in bid to save U.S. arms treaty

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Russian artillery chief Mikhail Matveevsky says the 9M729 missile's maximum range is 480 kilometers. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty bans missiles with a range above 500 kilometers.

INF TREATY. Russian Defense Ministry officials show off the new Russia's 9M729 missile at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on January 23, 2019. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Russia accuses US of breaking treaty over defense system sale to Japan

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:51 PM

"The US is deploying them at their military bases in Romania and Poland, that is near our western borders, which goes against the 1987 INF Treaty banning the deployment of such systems on the ground," Ryabkov said in a statement.

DRILL. This file photo taken on August 29, 2017 shows soldiers from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force setting up PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launch systems during a temporary deployment drill at US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. Photo by Toru Yamanaka / AFP

US weighs missiles in Europe to counter Russia – officials

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:20 AM

Installing land missiles in Europe is a more aggressive step at the far end of the spectrum a defense official says

OPTIONS. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has told lawmakers earlier this year that the arms control agreement was a 'two-way street,' and Washington might take its own steps if Russia did not back off. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA