Putin threatens to develop nuclear missiles banned by US-Russia treaty

Peresvet laser system

Peresvet laser system

His comments follow Nato's accusation on Tuesday that Russian Federation has already broken the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

In October, President Donald Trump sparked concern globally by declaring the United States would pull out of the deal and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

There also tensions between Russian Federation and the United States over Washington's threat to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. A simple one: "we will also do this", Putin said.

The NATO chief said the alliance is also preparing a contingency plan in case the Kremlin fails to comply and the USA pulls out of the accord. "It makes no sense for the United States to remain in a treaty that constrains our ability to respond to Russia's violations".

Arriving for talks with Nato foreign ministers, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini urged the two countries to save the treaty, saying it had "guaranteed peace and security in European territory for 30 years now".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Russian Federation to comply with the nuclear treaty.

That included the laser system, as well as an underwater nuclear-powered drone and a nuclear-powered cruise missile.

NATO said it was now "up to Russia" to save the treaty.

If Russia does not comply within the 60-day deadline, the USA will begin the six-month process of formally withdrawing from the INF treaty.

"During this 60 days we will still not test or produce or deploy any systems, and we'll see what happens during this 60-day period", he said.

The US won strong backing for its position from the rest of the NATO allies, who said in a joint statement that it was "now up to Russian Federation to preserve the INF treaty".

Putin at the time warned that abandoning the treaty and failure to extend another key arms control agreement known as the New START, would unleash a new arms race and put Europe in danger.

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