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Russia blames US for missile test launches, says it provokes military tensions

Washington probed a previously banned cruise missile - some three weeks after the withdrawal from the INF Treaty
17:14, 20 August 2019

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Deutsche Welle

As Russia and the U.S. both left the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, they are now free to test the weapons of respective range. However, the recent missile test launch of the U.S. evoked an outrage of the Russian side.

Deutsche Welle elaborated on the issue, quoting TASS news agency and Russian officials. "All this elicits regret. The United States has obviously taken a course toward escalating military tensions. We will not succumb to provocations," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told state news agency TASS", DW reported. It went on by citing the official who claimed that Russia could not let itself "be pulled into a costly arms race."

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According to media reports, the U.S. military tested a newer version of nuclear-capable Tomahawk missile. "The ground-launched version of the Tomahawk was removed from service after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was ratified in the late 1980s", DW wrote.

Earlier, the United States of America said it was Russia who was to be held liable for termination of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

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