Trump proposes new missile treaty with potential to include India

US pulls out of nuclear treaty with Russia that's been a centrepiece since the Cold War

"We presume that Russian Federation will not deploy such weapons if develops them, either in Europe or in other regions of the world, medium and shorter range weapons, until such US-made weapons appear in their respective regions of the world", Putin said.

While pointing the finger at Russia, US officials have voiced concern that the 1987 treaty does not constrain China, whose rapidly growing military relies on medium-range missiles as a core part of its defense strategy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu discuss pulling out of the INF treaty.

President Donald Trump blamed the Russians for the demise of the Cold War-era pact, known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

Trump's warning during his annual State of the Union address cemented fears of an emerging arms race, with Russian Federation hours earlier pledging to design new missiles over the next two years.

"Russia will not station intermediate-range weapons in Europe or other regions until similar US weapons appear in those regions", he said. "We are convinced that through a professional and mutually respectful dialogue, using primarily the INF mechanisms, all stakeholders can and should save the treaty", Andrei Shuplyak said.

The agreement came about after a little over a decade of sabre rattling and showdown diplomacy between the USA and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics over the deployment of cruise missiles and short range ballistic missiles, which were largely a threat to Western Europe. The drone is created to carry a heavy nuclear weapon that could cause a devastating tsunami wave.

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The external affairs ministry statement said authorities were closely monitoring the situation and taking proactive measures. On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security shut down a website that had been created for the University of Farmington.

"It can not be excluded that one of the Poseidon with a 100 megaton nuclear warhead will lay low off the U.S. coast, becoming 'the doomsday weapon.' Thus an attack on Russian Federation, will become a suicidal misadventure", the paper states.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday ordered work to begin on developing the new systems. We need to do something to respond to the USA growth of activity on the perimeter of our borders not in the way they want it.

Putin instructed the military to make sure the research and development works on new weapons don't swell military spending.

"The losses will outweigh any ephemeral benefits", he told AFP, suggesting Russian Federation may be at a disadvantage as Washington would develop and deploy new ground-based intermediate-range missiles quickly.

Russian Federation has a head start - but is it the main threat?

I do not think that we are talking here about a development of the Cold War. The US deployed similar missiles in response, in the 1980s, leading to negotiations that produced the INF treaty.

This is a developing story, more to follow. The US responded by saying it would withdraw and design its own treaty-busting missiles. Leaving the INF treaty would allow the Trump administration to counter the Chinese, but it's unclear how it would do that. The weapons are a means to prevent American forces from intervening in issues related to Taiwan, which China sees as a renegade province, or the South China Sea, which Beijing regards as being within its sphere of influence.

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