Putin's new laser to fend off missiles

Sergio Conner
December 8, 2018

Putin dismissed Pompeo's statement as a smokescreen, saying Washington had already made a decision to ditch the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF).

In October, President Donald Trump declared the United States would pull out of the treaty and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

"There are no new USA missiles in Europe, but there are new Russian missiles, SSC-8, they are mobile, they are hard to detect, they are nuclear capable", he stated.

This comes after State Secretary Mike Pompeo threatened USA withdrawal from the treaty if Russian Federation does not comply within 60-days.

"Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that [they] must also have such a weapon", he said.

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Other countries, like the U.S. and China, are also developing directed energy platforms. A simple one: "we will also do this", Putin said. "It makes no sense for the United States to remain in a treaty that constrains our ability to respond to Russia's violations".

EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini, who met with Lavrov on the sidelines of the 25th OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan, addressed the issue, stating that the INF Treaty must be preserved as it is key to European and global security.

Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, warned that failing to negotiate a solution with Moscow "risks the start of a new missile race in Europe that will undermine European security".

But it was a bilateral treaty between the U.S. and the then Soviet Union, so it puts no restrictions on other major military actors like China. America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have pressed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to give diplomacy one more chance before pulling out of the deal, fearing a new arms race could be triggered in Europe.

Washington on Tuesday promised Russian Federation more "pain" if Moscow did not release three Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors captured off Crimea last last month.

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