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INF disarmament Treaty terminated : Russia is developing new medium-range missiles

After the withdrawal of the USA and Russia out of the disarmament agreement on nuclear medium-range missiles, announced Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, Moscow will quickly build new rockets with the forbidden range. "Now it is important to increase the range of the today to-be-developed ground-based missile systems," Shoigu said on Tuesday. You should not be more than 500 kilometres of flying, which allowed the INF Treaty. The abbreviation ' INF ' stands for "Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces", in English: nuclear medium-range systems.

The United States and Russia had the more than 30-year-old Convention on the prohibition of land-based nuclear medium-range missiles on the weekend, successively exposed, because they each other of violations accuse. It is a half-year notice period, but remains still, in order to save the contract.

The chances of that, however, is bad: Russia's President Vladimir Putin had declared last Saturday, after a Meeting with Shoigu and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, further negotiations with the United States on the subject should not give it for the time being. At the same time, he had already announced that it will work on new, land-based hype sound-and medium-range missiles.

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Shoigu, said well, first of all, a country would be developed-based variant of the sea-based missile "Calibr" (Nato designator SS-N-27 "Sizzler). These have been made in the mid-90's in service and have a range of 2500 kilometers. Previously, they were equipped with conventional warheads.

for several years, but it is developing for the Navy a larger variant, which could carry nuclear warheads, wrote to the Kremlin-critical business newspaper "Kommersant" on Tuesday. The "CALIB"rockets have proven to be in Syria, quoted by the Online newspaper "gazeta.ru" the Minister of defense.

There, the cruise missiles are said to have come in the past three years, 26 Times. The development of the new medium-range weapon should be in 2020 to be completed. The same is true for the new hypersonic missiles.

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According to Shoigu, Russia wants to convert to save its military satellites in space. "The experience in Syria shows that for an efficient use of precision weapons, detailed maps are necessary." Such data could only be used with a modern satellite won that monitored the surface of the earth, the Minister said. It is, for example, cameras with higher resolution. (fra, dpa)

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