Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rapid City man, a former INF inspector, reacts to treaty collapse

Rapid City man, a former INF inspector, reacts to treaty collapse

"The arrival time of Tomahawk missiles will be about an hour, while intermediate-range ballistic missiles will be able to reach Moscow in three to four minutes", Yesin said.

Colonel General Viktor Yesin, an adviser to the Russian Strategic Missile Force commander and former Strategic Missile Force chief of staff, told TASS earlier that United States intermediate-range ballistic missiles, should they be deployed to the Baltic countries, will be able to reach Moscow in three to four minutes. Ryabkov further noted that Russian Federation would not initiate any measures, saying, "Our colleagues who are now dwelling on how to seriously sting Russian Federation must comprehend all this".

Russia's Ministry of Defence said on Thursday that the United States should destroy its MK-41 missile defence launch systems deployed in Romania in order to return to compliance with a Cold War-era nuclear pact.

Ryabkov said the United States had not sent Moscow any concrete proposals for a new pact. The "actively working on creating ground-based missiles with the range capability of over 500 kilometers [310 miles], which is outside the treaty-stipulated limitations".

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The US decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty, after accusing Russian Federation of violating the pact, has fuelled growing tensions between Washington and Moscow, and raised the threat of a renewed missile build-up in Europe.

At the end of last week, Washington announced that it would withdraw from the decades' old pact, which was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, who was the leader of the now-defunct Soviet Union. Moscow denies violating the treaty. However, he said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would continue to work with Moscow in an effort to bring it into compliance.

After announcing that his country would withdraw from the INF, Russian president Vladimir Putin added that Russia would begin work on new missiles and asked his ministers not to negotiate with Washington for disarmament.

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