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Russia loses as a result of possible US withdrawal from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate range (the INF Treaty), said the weekly “Star” head of the Center for international security, member of RAS Alexei Arbatov.
The specialist noted that “if the collapse of the INF Treaty, us missiles would be a thousand miles closer to our Central regions”, while Russia “for its medium-range missiles can reach the Americans only from Chukotka, and they only will cover Alaska to the continental’t get”.
The expert concludes that “the emergence of American cruise missiles and ballistic missiles of average range in Europe in tatters carries a system of launch on warning oncoming blow, which is the basis for our strategy of nuclear deterrence. For a time no one will be able to make a decision and answer, just do not have time”.
According to Arbatov, a large number of Intercontinental ballistic missiles “Topol-M” currently no one should be surprised, a new heavy missile “Sarmat” Americans “unpleasant”, but qualitatively such weapons “does not change anything”.
“So we have to allocate huge resources to create an entirely new command posts, new, immune system control, communication system and early warning, to make all our missile systems were in a mobile-ground option, and that they were securely protected by means of aerospace defense,” — said the expert.
In conversation with the correspondent “stars” of the expert was silent about the Russian superweapon (excluding the reference to the “Sarmatian”), which, according to the statements of Russian officials, superior to American abilities.
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, Moscow 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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