Russia Will Develop New Nuclear Missiles if Washington Does, Putin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Moscow would be forced to start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if the United States started doing so after the demise of a landmark arms control treaty.

The United States formally left the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia on Friday after determining that Moscow was violating the treaty and had already deployed at least one banned type of missile, an accusation the Kremlin denies.

The pact banned land-based missiles with a range of between 500-5,500 kilometers, reducing the ability of both countries to launch a nuclear strike on short notice.

Putin on Monday held a meeting with his Security Council after which he ordered the defense and foreign ministries and Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service to closely monitor any steps the United States took to develop, produce or deploy missiles banned under the defunct treaty.

“If Russia obtains reliable information that the United States has finished developing these systems and started to produce them, Russia will have no option other than to engage in a full-scale effort to develop similar missiles,” Putin said in a statement.

In the meantime, he said Russia’s arsenal of air and sea-launched missiles combined with its work on developing hypersonic missiles meant it was well placed to offset any threat emanating from the United States.

It was now essential, he added, for Moscow and Washington to resume arms control talks to prevent what he described as an “unfettered” arms race breaking out.

“In order to avoid chaos with no rules, restrictions or laws, we need to once more weigh up all the dangerous consequences and launch a serious and meaningful dialogue free from any ambiguity,” Putin said.


  1. So Muscovy says they are developing hypersonic meapons, but if the US starts developing missiles they will start developing them. Sort of Muscovy doublespeak.

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  2. Typical moskali crap! Do shiit and deny until hades freezes over. I do have to wonder though if there is a slight possibility of a similarity to Saddam’s WMD that were never found. With the denial coming out of the Kriminalin and Pee Wee Pootie that is proven or in a couple of instances later admitted to, I think Pootlerstan has violated the INF. Once a liar, always a liar!

    • No doubt they violated this treaty, and they got caught. Now it’s the time to ratchet up the arms race. I hope the Russkies are ready for food lines again.

  3. Shorty the shirtless takes Vatnikistan back to the good old days of Paranoia, instead of saying to the orange one
    ‘Look here Donny boy, we don’t have any nukes, not interested in invading the US, not that we could get there anyway without sinking, crashing or exploding, so lets calm the fuck down, stop spending shitloads on arms and use the money saved for something good.’

    Then of course there is the other part of Soviet mentality where they think that real strength as a Country is measured by how big your Armory is.

    • Having an external enemy real or imaginary is the Russian way. Helps keep the sheep under control. Seems some of the sheep are seeing through Putin’s BS and realising that it’s not the US that is the enemy of Russia, it’s dwarfy himself.

  4. The Kremlin is dead set on maintaining its hard-won nuclear parity, so it had better hope for a new deal. Russia’s only other option is to dive headfirst into an arms race that everyone knows it cannot win.

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