Russia's new laser weapon systems enter into service

Postado Dezembro 08, 2018

His comments follow Nato's accusation on Tuesday that Russian Federation has already broken the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

"There are no new US missiles in Europe, but there are new Russian missiles, SSC-8, they are mobile, they are hard to detect, they are nuclear capable", he stated.

There also tensions between Russian Federation and the U.S. over Washington's threat to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

"Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that [they] must also have such a weapon", he said. A simple one: "we will also do this", Putin said.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied breaking the Cold War treaty.

Signed in 1987 by the USA and USSR, it banned both countries' use of all short and medium-range missiles.

Federica Mogherini has warned that Europe does not want to become a battlefield for global powers once again
Federica Mogherini has warned that Europe does not want to become a battlefield for global powers once again

EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini, who met with Lavrov on the sidelines of the 25th OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan, addressed the issue, stating that the INF Treaty must be preserved as it is key to European and global security.

Pompeo said at a meeting with fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers on Tuesday that there was no reason why the United States "should continue to cede this crucial military advantage" to rival powers.

NATO said it was now "up to Russia" to save the treaty.

On Tuesday, the Western military alliance formally accused Russian Federation of breaking the treaty. In a statement Wednesday, Stoltenberg warned Russian Federation to cease its suspected violations of the 1987 Treaty on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces - known as the INF.

However a comment in the Krasnaya Zvezda report that the laser's entry into service is in the "testing regime", could indicate that the weapon is still not qualified for combat and that it has been handed over to the armed forces to conduct pre-introduction tests.

Putin at the time warned that abandoning the treaty and failure to extend another key arms control agreement known as the New START, would unleash a new arms race and put Europe in danger.