Russia will develop missiles now banned under the Intermediate-range
Nuclear Forces treaty if the U.S. exits the arms control pact and starts making such weapons, President Vladimir
Putin said on Wednesday.
The U.S. delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation
of the 1987 nuclear arms control treaty.
The U.S also said it would be forced to start a six-month process of withdrawal if nothing changes.
Putin, who stated this in televised comments, accused the U.S.of blaming Russia for violations as a pretext for Washington
to exit the pact.
Putin noted that many countries produce missiles banned under the INF treaty, but that Moscow and Washington had
undertaken to limit themselves with the accord signed in 1987.
“Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that the United States must also have such a weapon.
‘What’s our response? It’s simple: in that case we will also do this,” he said.