Russian Federation has successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile armed with multiple warheads, after the US withdrew from the INF Treaty. "We will strengthen the Armed Forces and enhance the defense capacity, the statehood, the union of Belarus and Russian Federation; we should do all this", Andrei Ravkov noted.
Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow will take comprehensive measures to ensure its security if the United States leaves the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
"Under my administration, we will never apologize for advancing America's interests", Trump told U.S. lawmakers assembled in the House chamber.
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.
While pointing the finger at Russia, US officials have voiced concern that the 1987 treaty does not constrain China, whose rapidly growing military relies on medium-range missiles as a core part of its defense strategy.
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In a response note on February 4, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow would suspend its obligations under the treaty "for the period before the United States returns to strict compliance with the treaty or until its termination", Ryabkov said.
No one has come forward and said, you know what, you're right, U.S. Maybe Russia's not made a mistake here.
He explained this process of creating a new agreement is still in the early stages, and the USA has yet to send any definite proposals.
In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States "is developing a state of the art missile defence system", and "will never apologize for advancing America's interests".
"The hard answer is that I don't see now much appetite to do anything in this direction, nearly from everyone", Rinkevics said.