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Russia says new cruise missile does not violate arms pact

MOSCOW – the Russian Foreign Ministry has dismissed the US claim that a new Russian missile was a breach of a Cold War-era weapons treaty.

The US and NATO have expressed their concern that a new Russian cruise missile violates the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The U.S.-Soviet pact bans all land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5500 kilometers (310-3,410 miles).

The Russian Ministry of Foreign affairs spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said in a Thursday briefing that the 9M729 land-based cruise missile “fully complies with the requirements of the treaty.” They stressed that it was “not designed and tested for the range of a is prohibited by the treaty.”

Zakharova said that Moscow expects Washington to start talks in order to discuss what Russia sees as U.S. violations of the treaty. Washington has dismissed Russian claims of alleged violations.

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