Russian Federation to beef up security following US INF pullout

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The US decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty, after accusing Russian Federation of violating the pact, has fuelled growing tensions between Washington and Moscow, and raised the threat of a renewed missile build-up in Europe. "And by us staying with the treaty, we're not able to adjust to current events quickly".

She went on to tell the crowd that instead of demanding talks on the matter, the USA chose to pull out, and claimed that Russian Federation was going "to go forward and develop even more of these" weapons.

"But [it was done] not to boost the arms race".

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However, since Romania hosts the US missile-defense system on its territory, "it can not be overlooked by the Russian defense planning", Kuzmin said in response to an RFE/RL reporter's question.

In early February, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the INF deal, which had been the cornerstone of European security since 1987.

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

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Negotiations must be wrapped up by the end of the year, before the U.S. enters a new campaign period for the 2020 elections, said Ryabkov.

The Undersecretary of Defense for Policy made his statement after Russian Federation indicated on Tuesday that it will also abandon the INF after the U.S. withdrawal, with plans to develop two new land-based missile launch systems by 2021 to counter USA developments in its missile capabilities. The 60 days were up at the beginning of February.

The United States has repeatedly accused Russian Federation of violating the INF - something Russian Federation has repeatedly denied.

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Moscow has vehemently denied the claims, citing a lack of proof, and stressed that the range of these weapons was 480 km, which is in full compliance of the INF. The "actively working on creating ground-based missiles with the range capability of over 500 kilometers [310 miles], which is outside the treaty-stipulated limitations".

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