Rus­sia will build mis­siles if US leaves treaty, Putin warns

Fiji Sun - - World News - Moscow: BBC

Rus­sia will de­velop mis­siles banned un­der a Cold War agree­ment if the US ex­its the pact, Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has warned.

His com­ments fol­low NATO’s ac­cu­sa­tion on Tues­day that Rus­sia has al­ready bro­ken the In­ter­me­di­ate-range Nu­clear Forces (INF) Treaty. Signed in 1987 by the US and USSR, it banned both coun­tries’ use of all short and medium-range mis­siles.

But Mr Putin says the ac­cu­sa­tion is a pre­text for the US to leave the pact. In tele­vised com­ments, the Rus­sian leader said many other coun­tries had de­vel­oped weapons banned un­der the INF treaty.

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