The U.S. intends to follow through on President Trump's threat to leave a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russian Federation.
China warned on Tuesday it would "never accept any form of blackmail" after U.S. president Donald Trump said his decision to withdraw from a nuclear pact with Russian Federation was also linked to Beijing's arsenal.
The agreement, signed by the United States and USSR, banned ground-launched nuclear missiles with ranges of 500km to 5,500km.
One of the intercontinental ballistic missiles China is developing, the DF-41, would put the entire U.S. homeland within range, while other modern weapons like hypersonic aircraft and laser guns would add to the threat for America if there were a military clash between the two powers. All allies agree that the most plausible assessment would be that Russian Federation is in violation of the treaty.
"The US and the Russian Federation need to remain in a constructive dialogue to preserve this treaty and ensure it is fully and verifiably implemented", spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters. "You can't bring someone in compliance who does not think they are in breach".
Still, Belousov said, "we are prepared to work together with our USA colleagues on the entire set of problems regarding the INF".
"Certainly, there are bottlenecks".
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Trump's withdrawal plan a matter of deep concern for Moscow.
The two countries' leaders should have an opportunity to discuss the matter in person, at least.
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Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Bolton if the eagle on the U.S. seal had eaten all the olives from the branches it was holding in one talon, and the arrows it was holding in the other were all that was left. He said Moscow had "violated the agreement" on intermediate-range conventional and nuclear weapons - accusations that Russian Federation has repeatedly rejected.
"In essence, the USA military thinking in (the) nuclear field has rolled back a half a century when it was believed that a nuclear war was admissible and could be won", he told the committee's session on nuclear weapons.
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The overriding concern Mr. Kimball sees is that jettisoning the INF treaty will turn out to be a harbinger of White House intentions orchestrated by Bolton to do away with the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russian Federation.
"At a time when the United States and the Soviet Union were the only global superpowers, the INF Treaty was a landmark agreement that helped provide stability and security in Europe, " he said.
"In terms of filing the formal notice of withdrawal, that has not been filed but it will be filed in due course".
China also condemned Trump's move, saying it was wrong to pull out of the treaty unilaterally.
In any case, he added, a bilateral treaty no longer met today's realities because unlike in the Cold War, multiple states are now developing intermediate-range nuclear missiles.