Pentagon announced that the US military tested an intermediate-range cruise missile Sunday, just two weeks after withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, Reuters reported. INF Treaty banned testing, producing or deploying short and intermediate-range missiles (500 to 5,500 km).
Moscow claimed that the US tests were “regrettable” as they proved that Washington was developing the missiles banned by the treaty long before it formally pulled out of the agreement.
Pentagon stated that it tested a missile, which flew more than 500 km. “Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defence’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities”, Pentagon said.
Daryl Kimball, executive director o the Arms Control Association, suggested that now the US and Russia “are on the verge of new missile race.” However, When asked to comment on the recent US missile test, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the reporters that Moscow would not be racing with the US and is not planning to deploy new missiles.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website