Putin inspected NATO missiles to restart the deal

President Vladimir Putin has introduced new measures for NATO countries to ratify missiles.


Putin inspected NATO missiles to restart the deal

According to a Kremlin statement on Monday, Putin revealed in Kaliningrad that cruise missiles in the enclave had not been’ deployed. The checks will be subject to mutual access to US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sites in Europe.


Putin also offered not to deploy the missile in Europe unless the US and its allies violated Moscow's claims. Each side denies other allegations of breach of contract.


"Given the ongoing tensions along the Russia-NATO line, new threats to European security are evident," Putin was quoted’ as saying. "To facilitate the search for a compromising political and diplomatic solution, we are ready to take further steps to minimize the negative consequences of ending the INF agreement."


The appeal comes after the Cold War between Russia and the West, and the final missile control agreement between the two nuclear powers is set to expire in February.


Last week, Putin offered to freeze the development of new weapons in order to extend the new START agreement for a year. The Americans welcomed the Kremlin's offer, although Moscow and Washington could handle the issue, including what kind of freeze wards would apply.


Warning of a new arms race, Russia is developing a new generation of nuclear weapons, as Cold War-era agreements are broken. However, the Trump administration wants China, with its very small arms, to be a party to any new deal.


Putin said the proposed verification measures would confirm that Russia had not deployed its new 9M729 missile, called NATO's SSC-8, in Europe.


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