2 Mar 2018 12:34

New Russian weapons don't fall under INF Treaty - Duma deputy

MOSCOW. March 2 (Interfax) - The next generation of Russian weapons does not fall under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, State Duma Defense Committee Deputy Chairman Alexei Chepa told Interfax.

"What was mentioned yesterday does not belong to this type of weaponry. These are ballistic arms, these are the Kinzhal system, powered by nuclear engines that significantly increase its operating and shooting range to over 2,000 kilometers, which means it does not fall under the [INF Treaty's] regulations," Chepa said.

That treaty lists types of systems that must be reduced, he said. "The weapons mentioned by the president are brand-new systems," he said.

"The next-generation weapons show that everything designed by the United States for missile defense will now be negated, and the new weaponry will penetrate those systems due to its range and properties," Chepa said.