Russia wheels out key missile in bid to save US arms treaty

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Russia on Wednesday unveiled a missile system that Washington claims is in violation of a key arms control treaty, in a last-minute bid to counter US criticism and save the Soviet-era agreement.

President Donald Trump has threatened to walk away from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF), with Washington claiming that Russia's 9M729 ground-based missile system violates the deal.

Moscow has repeatedly denied the system contravenes the treaty and, to prove its point, on Wednesday showed off the missile at Patriot Park, a sprawling theme park near the town of Kubinka just outside Moscow.

Standing next to the system, a Russian defense ministry official detailed the missile's features to assembled foreign media and foreign military officials.

Russian defense and foreign ministry officials insisted the range of the missile system was allowed under the agreement.

Mikhail Matveevsky, Russia's chief of artillery and missile troops, said its maximum range is 480 kilometers (300 miles), while he said the INF treaty only bans missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (310 to 3,400 miles).

"Russia was in compliance and continues to be in strict compliance with the stipulations of the treaty and does not allow any violations," he said.


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Moscow isn't ready just yet in their own estimates to confront a stronger America under Trump. They want to buy time, till another election or two when they are betting that Trump will be out. If they can just stall till then.....