Russia and China blast U.S. missile test

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Russia and China warned Tuesday that a new US missile test had heightened military tensions and risked sparking an arms race, weeks after Washington ripped up a Cold War-era weapons pact with Moscow.

The US and Russia ditched the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty this month after accusing each other of violating the accord.

Washington said the agreement also tied its hands in dealing with other powers such as China.

The US Department of Defense announced on Monday it had tested a type of ground-launched missile that was banned under the 1987 INF agreement, which limited the use of nuclear and conventional medium-range weapons.

‘The US has obviously taken a course towards escalation of military tensions. We won’t react to provocations,’ Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told state news agency TASS.

‘We will not allow ourselves to get drawn into a costly arms race.’…”

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