US missile test 'escalation of military tensions' says Russia

Last Updated: Aug 20 2019 19:26
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On Tuesday, Moscow said the United States was ramping up military tensions by testing a medium-range cruise missile weeks after tearing up a pact with Russia.

“This is all a cause of regret. The US has obviously taken a course towards the escalation of military tensions. We won’t react to provocations,” Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told state news agency TASS.

On Monday, the United States announced that it had tested a type of ground-launched missile that was banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with the Soviet Union.

The missile was launched from the US Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of California.

“We will not allow ourselves to get drawn into a costly arms race,” Ryabkov said.

He added that Moscow would stick to a unilateral moratorium on such missile systems “if and when we get them, as long as the US does not deploy them anywhere in the world”.