UPDATED 8:16 AM PT — Monday, January 21, 2019
A U.S. diplomat is calling on Russia to scrap its cruise missile system, which it says violates a Cold War-era treaty.
On Monday, U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood said the system presents a “potent and direct threat to Europe and Asia.” The system is also reportedly capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
This comes after the U.S. announced it would be pulling out of the Soviet Union-era the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), saying Russia cannot be trusted to eliminate its nuclear arms cache.
“Unfortunately, the United States increasingly finds that Russia cannot be trusted to comply with its arms control obligations and that its coercive and malign actions around the globe have increased tensions,” stated Wood. “Its actions, policies and behavior are not those of a responsible state actor.”
Wood also said Russia has recently tested the device and has shown no resolve to comply U.S. demands to end its nuclear development programs.