Hillary Clinton: Trump's INF Treaty Withdrawal ‘Gift to Putin’

Hillary Clinton: Trump's INF Treaty Withdrawal ‘Gift to Putin’

"We will strengthen the Armed Forces and enhance the defense capacity, the statehood, the union of Belarus and Russian Federation; we should do all this", Andrei Ravkov noted.

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.

Last week, the United States said it was suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty starting from February 2 and would start the withdrawal process, which would be completed within six months unless Moscow remedied its alleged violations of the bilateral arms control deal.

"Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can't-in which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far", Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.

"During 2019-2020 we have to develop a land-based version of the seaborne Kalibr system equipped with a long-range cruise missile which showed good results in Syria", Shoigu told defense officials.

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics of Latvia - for which former ruler Russian Federation looms large as a threat - voiced hope that Washington and Moscow would work with other powers on a new agreement.

In a response note on February 4, the Russian foreign ministry said that Moscow would suspend its obligations under the treaty "for the period before the United States returns to strict compliance with the treaty or until its termination", according to Ryabkov.

However, Ryabkov said all Russia's efforts were ignored or blocked by the United States.

Russian Federation has warned the United States of a "tit-for-tat" response if the latter tries to militarily contain Russian Federation.

The INF Treaty marked the first-ever pact reached by Washington and Moscow on nuclear disarmament and a major step forward in restricting the arms race.