Russia and China disapprove of the first ballistic test of Americans since the breakup in early August of a disarmament agreement
Russia has denounced a “military tensions escalation” on Tuesday after the US announcement of its first medium-range missile test since the Cold War. The US announced Monday that it had conducted a test with a cruise missile from the island of San Nicolas (California), which hit more than 500 kilometers. This is the first launch announced by the Americans after the recent breakdown of the INF nuclear disarmament treaty between the two powers, dating from the Cold War.
In early August, after six months of a dialogue of the deaf, Russia and the United States sealed the end of the treaty on medium-range nuclear weapons (INF), which since 1987 prevented the use of land missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers as launched on Monday by the Americans.
“We regret all this. The United States blatantly takes the path of escalating military tensions, but we will not yield to provocation,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Riabkov, quoted by Russian agencies.
According to Riabkov, the “extremely tight deadline” that the United States needed to successfully carry out this test of a new missile after the end of the INF shows that Washington was already prepared for the cessation of this signed text between the two countries. “In such a short time, it is almost impossible to carry out such tests, except if it has been prepared in advance. This is a visible confirmation that Washington had long […] prepared to withdraw from the treaty,” he added.
China has also censored the US test. For the Chinese government, it is “an escalation of military confrontations” that “will have serious negative consequences for regional and international security,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tuesday, who has accused Washington of seeking ” unilateral military superiority “and has warned of an” escalation of military clashes. ”
At the beginning of August at least five people were killed and three others injured by a rocket explosion in the Russian city of Severodvinsk, on the Arctic coast. The possible nuclear test prompted an ironic comment from the US president. Trump said his country was “learning a lot”: “The United States is learning a lot from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar technology, although more advanced,” he wrote on Twitter.
The INF agreement ended in 1987 the European missile crisis with the deployment in Europe of the Soviet SS-20s with nuclear warheads. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, denounced him on February 1, and Moscow the next day. Both countries had crossed accusations of violating the commitment. In early August, Russian President Vladimir Putin again asked Washington for a “serious dialogue” on disarmament to “avoid chaos.”