The U.S. urged Russia to destroy a new cruise missile system which it considered a “direct and continuing violation” of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Besides, the U.S. accused Moscow of destabilizing global security, as Reuters reports.
“Robert Wood, U.S. disarmament ambassador, said the system was capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads and represented a “potent and direct threat to Europe and Asia” as it had a range of 500 to 1,500 kilometers (310-620 miles),” the news agency reads.
Last week, the U.S. rejected Russia’s offer to save landmark INF Treaty which keeps the nuclear missiles out of Europe s it could not be properly verified.
Unfortunately, the United States increasingly finds that Russia cannot be trusted to comply with its arms control obligations and that its coercive and malign actions around the globe have increased tensions,” Wood told the U.N.
Russian delegation at the Geneva forum did not react immediately.
As Wood put it, Russia tested the “illegal missile”, known as the SSC-8/9M729. It never took any concrete steps to return to compliance with the INF pact.
“Russia must verifiably destroy all SSC-8 missiles, launchers and associated equipment in order to come back into compliance with the INF Treaty,” he said.