Russian Federation demands US destroy missile defence systems in Romania, strike drones

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, using binoculars as he inspects the joint Zapad-2017 (West-2017) Russian military exercises with Belarus at the Luzhsky training ground in the Leningrad region on September 18, 2017.

"We don't have an intermediate range system or something like that that we would, that we're talking about deploying at this time. We clearly have pictures and we clearly know a lot about their cheating, and we should have done a better job in making it abundantly clear, not only to the American people but the Russian people, and Europeans, and others who are on the front lines, that the Russians were evading responsibilities in the INF", Clinton said.

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.

"But [it was done] not to boost the arms race".

"Yars solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile armed with multiple warheads was test-fired from the Plesetsk state testing spaceport", the Russian Defense Minister said, announcing the Wednesday morning test, Russia's Tass news agency reported.

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Moscow denies flouting the treaty.

Pompeo's announcement, made almost 60 days after Washington threatened to quit the historic INF Treaty, will start a six-month countdown period, which will lead to a permanent exit from the pact inked in 1987 between the United States and the then-Soviet Union.

Ryabkov said the United States had not sent Moscow any concrete proposals for a new pact.

"We don't have any plans right now and aren't contemplating deployment of nuclear missiles in Europe or anything of that nature". The 60 days were up at the beginning of February.

Russian Federation has warned the United States of a "tit-for-tat" response if the latter tries to militarily contain Russian Federation. The treaty remained in place after the Soviet Union's collapse, but the Trump administration and NATO have argued that Moscow has violated the agreement's terms.

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