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The United States is able within a few months after his release from the Contract on liquidation of rockets of average and small range (the INF Treaty) to create a cruise missile ground-based medium-range. Russia is unlikely to respond to this any new weapons, unknown to the United States, writes The Washington Free Beacon.
The American edition draws attention to the US military budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which spelled out “to allow the allocation of 58 million dollars on measures in response to Russia’s violation of INF Treaty”, involving the development of land-based missiles of medium range. However, such work must not violate the U.S. commitment to the INF Treaty, in particular, the creation of weapons may not be brought to the flight test stage, and, moreover, the Pentagon has the right not to start such research. The position is accompanied by several reports of the Department of state relating to 2014, saying Russia’s violation of INF Treaty.
In the U.S. Senate told the publication that at present, the United States has no such missiles “on the shelf and ready to go”, but has the ability to create such weapons “within a few months, not years.” The Pentagon in January announced The Washington Free Beacon that has started to develop land-based missiles of medium-range missiles, adding that it is ready to curtail such work if Russia “will return to verifiable compliance with the Treaty”.
According to military analyst Mark Schneider, who served in the Pentagon in several leadership positions related to nuclear weapons issues, it is unlikely that Russia in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty will react otherwise, except as words. “They really can’t afford to do much more than now. At any time Russia spends on defense as much as possible, giving priority to nuclear systems. Sanctions have severely affected them, as well as the cost of the war in the East of Ukraine and in Syria. They’ve made retaliatory threats, but I doubt we will see significant changes in their programs. Arms control has virtually no effect on their decision, because [the weapons] is taken into account as it is convenient,” — said the expert.
In October, the President of the United States Donald trump, citing a breach of the agreement by Russia and the build-up of arms by China, has announced its intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty. Adviser to the head of the American state for national security John Bolton visited Moscow after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed plans for trump. Responding to the U.S. statement on possible withdrawal from the bilateral agreement, Russia said the threat of a new arms race, and made the responses, the specific contents which the officials were not disclosed. In particular, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow, avoiding a repetition of the experience of the USSR, would not meet the “so expensive methods.”
The INF Treaty signed by the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987. The agreement prohibits the parties to produce, test and deploy ballistic and cruise land-based missiles of medium (1,000 to 5,500 kilometers) and small (from 500 to 1000 km) range, and ordered the parties to liquidate the appropriate launcher. The contract is purely bilateral in nature (from the former USSR involved in it, except Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus), because, in particular, does not affect China.
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