Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Russia's new laser weapon systems enter into service

Russian combat laser systems go on experimental combat duty Peresvet laser
Pablo Mccormick | 08 December, 2018, 21:59

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would no longer be bound by the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty unless Moscow withdraws a new system that has threatened to trigger an arms race.

Putin dismissed Pompeo's statement as a smokescreen, saying Washington had already made a decision to ditch the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF).

The INF was a bilateral treaty between the USA and the then Soviet Union, so it puts no restrictions on other major military actors like China. "But if this happens, we will react accordingly".

Stoltenberg said that although Russian Federation has a last chance to comply, "we must also start to prepare for a world without the treaty", which was the first to abolish a whole category of weapons.

"What will be our answer?" Announcing "Peresvet" is Russian leader Vladimir Putin said that there is every reason to believe that due to the complex Russia in this sphere proved to be a step ahead of their competitors.

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Russian Federation has repeatedly denied breaking the Cold War treaty.

Arriving for talks with Nato foreign ministers, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini urged the two countries to save the treaty, saying it had "guaranteed peace and security in European territory for 30 years now".

On Monday, the USA leader said he wants talks with Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping "to head off a major and uncontrollable arms race".

Russia's General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov added that Russian Federation will retaliate against US allies hosting USA missiles in the case of confrontation - including with the use of new laser technology.

"It is for these purposes that Washington and its allies are taking comprehensive, concerted measures to contain Russian Federation and discredit its role in worldwide affairs".

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In 2014, then US President Barack Obama accused Russian Federation of breaching the INF Treaty after it allegedly tested a ground-launched cruise missile.

But it was a bilateral treaty between the USA and the then Soviet Union, so it puts no restrictions on other major military actors like China.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Russian Federation to comply with the nuclear treaty.

"This was really arms control at its best and therefore it's a really a big setback if this treaty now breaks totally down", he said.

That included the laser system, as well as an underwater nuclear-powered drone and a nuclear-powered cruise missile.

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