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Kyiv says the collapse of a landmark Cold War arms-control pact gives it a free hand to develop new ballistic missiles.14 March 2019
Ukraine is now free to develop new missiles in the wake of Russia’s withdrawal from the INF arms-control treaty, President Petro Poroshenko has said.
Moscow announced on 4 March it would suspend compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in response to the same step by the United States. President Donald Trump said Washington intends to withdraw completely from the landmark treaty in six months, accusing Russia of repeatedly violating the 30-year-old pact.
For Ukraine, Moscow’s move means that “We are no longer bound by any limitations either on the range of our missiles or on their power,” Poroshenko said on 9 March, Unian reports.
“Let the enemy know about it, too. We need high-precision missiles and we are not going to repeat the mistakes of the Budapest memorandum," he added in a reference to the 1994 agreement which led to Ukraine dismantling its large Soviet-era nuclear arsenal.
Ukraine and the United States have condemned Russian testing of ballistic missiles in Russian-controlled Crimea, Emerging Europe reports.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Russia’s actions were in breach of the INF treaty and posed a serious military threat to Europe.
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