MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia mentioned on Friday it was alarmed after america examined a ground-launched ballistic missile that may have been banned underneath the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the RIA information company reported.
The US carried out the check on Thursday. Washington formally withdrew from the 1987 INF pact with Russia in August after figuring out that Moscow was violating the treaty, an accusation the Kremlin has denied.
“It alarms us. In fact we are going to take this under consideration,” mentioned Vladimir Ermakov, head of the international ministry’s arms management and non-proliferation division.
It was the second check by america that may have been prohibited underneath the INF treaty and too place as the way forward for one other main nuclear arms management treaty between Russia and america is underneath query.
New START, the final remaining main nuclear arms management treaty between the 2 nations, is because of expire in February 2021 and Moscow has warned there’s already not sufficient time left to barter a full-fledged alternative.
Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; enhancing by Angus MacSwan