Sergey Lavrov

Following U.S., Russia's Putin suspends nuclear pact and promises new weapons

Following U.S., Russia's Putin suspends nuclear pact and promises new weapons

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said his country would follow the United States in suspending its participation in a treaty banning midrange nuclear weapons, the latest step toward the demise of a pact that had been a pillar of international arms control since the close of the Cold War.

Putin ordered his military to start developing land-based missiles that could deliver nuclear warheads in the range prohibited by the treaty, including a hypersonic version. He also directed his diplomats to stop initiating any arms control talks with the West, claiming that Washington hadn't negotiated in good faith.

Putin's move came a day after the Trump administration announced...

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