You are here: Home » International » News » Economy
Business Standard

Nuclear weapons row: US accuses Putin of breaching Cold War-era treaties

Putin announced that Russia has developed a number of advanced weapons systems which make all US capabilities aimed at undermining the Russian nuclear deterrent obsolete.

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Human costs of nuclear war are driving push towards a ban treaty - finally

The today accused Russian Vladimir of breaching Cold War-era treaties by developing a new generation of "invincible" weapons and said was fully prepared to defend the country.

"has confirmed what the government has known for a long time but that has denied prior to this," said.

She said has been developing destabilising for over a decade in direct violations of its treaty obligations.

Her comments came hours after announced that has developed a number of advanced weapons systems, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile, which make all capabilities aimed at undermining the Russian nuclear deterrent obsolete.

Sanders said US President understands the threats facing and its allies in this century and is determined to protect the homeland and preserve peace through strength. "US defense capabilities are, and will, remain second to none," she told reporters.

"And now, because of the new defence budget of USD 700 billion, our military will be far stronger than ever. As President's Nuclear Posture Review made clear, is moving forward to modernise our nuclear arsenal and ensure our capabilities are unmatched, Sanders said.

The State Department expressed concern over the Russian video, along with the Putin speech, which targeted the US.

"It is certainly concerning to see your government, to see your country, put together that kind of video that shows the attacking the US. That's certainly a concern of ours. I don't think that that's very constructive, nor is it responsible," State Department told reporters at a separate news conference.

The said it is not surprised by Putin's statement and is fully prepared to defend the country.

"They know very well that it's not about them. Our missile defense has never been about them. We need to ensure we have a credible nuclear deterrent, and we are confident that we are prepared to defend this nation no matter what," told reporters.

Congressman Mac Thornberry, of the House Armed Services Committee, said that for too long presidents of both parties have let all sorts of persistent Russian aggression go unanswered, whether violations of multiple treaties, election meddling, planting fake news stories, or invading sovereign countries.

"It took six years for the to even admit that Russia was serious about developing new or violating the INF treaty despite the urging of this Committee and others. Even with that admission, no action was taken despite the recommendations from the of the Dempsey. That inaction has led to the situation we find ourselves in today," he said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 02 2018. 12:02 IST