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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments early Monday after the Kremlin announced its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on Saturday.

Given Russia is seen by the U.S. as having already breached the INF treaty by its deployment of a ground-launched cruise missile, designated the 9M729 or SSC-8, Moscow is clearly ahead in the race to field this previously banned category of weapons.

"From Feb 2, the United States suspended its obligations under the INF treaty", Shoigu told a meeting of defence chiefs.

The United States announced on Friday it was withdrawing from the 1987 pact banning ground-launched missiles in Europe, accusing Moscow of violations. Russian Federation fielded counterclaims to the United States regarding the implementation of the INF Treaty. The missile, which has an estimated range of at least 2,500km (1,550 miles), could reach most of continental Europe and the United Kingdom if stationed in western Russian Federation or the Kaliningrad region. "We can not be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other".

Ground-launched missiles were banned under the INF, but not sea or air-launched ones, which Russian Federation already possesses and that can be used to create the new systems. The drone is created to carry a heavy nuclear weapon that could cause a devastating tsunami wave.

But Moscow has alleged that the US has failed to provide any evidence of how it has violated the agreement.

A Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, was quoted by the Russian state news agency Tass as saying after the Beijing talks, "Unfortunately, there is no progress".

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"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. He said the military must reconfigure the existing defense budget to find money for the new weapons.

The INF treaty, signed in 1987, has been a centrepiece of superpower arms control since the Cold War. Kyl, with Morrison's behind-the-scenes assistance, successfully extracted a ransom of almost $100 billion from Obama in the form of promises for nuclear weapons "modernization" in exchange for a sufficient number of Senate Republicans' advice and consent in favor of New START.

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

Russian Federation has a head start - but is it the main threat? This was done in response to a six-month of the agreement by Washington.

This is a developing story, more to follow. It was the development of that missile, which the Russians call the Novator 9M729, that prompted the USA decision to abandon the INF treaty.

Earlier last week USA intelligence officials called attention to efforts by China and Russian Federation to expand their global influence, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. China's building of artificial islands on tiny reefs in the middle of the South China Sea created a fresh theatre for geopolitical manoeuvres.

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