European countries want to maintain a negotiating door with Moscow regarding INF Treaty

The withdrawal of the United States and Russia from the INF treaty prohibiting the development and possession of nuclear-capable missiles with a range of between 500 and 5000 km is arousing painful concerns in Europe. No sooner had the announcement of the withdrawal been published than Russia began work to adapt its current arsenal to this new situation. Successively, it announced the extension of the range of the Novator missiles, the development of a terrestrial version of the naval cruise missile Kalibr, and the design of a terrestrial variant of the hypersonic ballistic missile Kinjal. For the United States, the main objective of this withdrawal was to be able to…

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Russia will develop a hypersonic terrestrial version of the Kalibr naval cruise missile

End of the INF Treaty, Continuation… As we envisaged yesterday, Russia will develop in a very short time a hypersonic land version of the Kalibr naval cruise missile. This is essentially the statement made by Defense Minister Sergei Choigou, who announced that the new missile would be developed over the period 2019-2020. Note however that the Kalibr missile today is not hypersonic. The missile, whose range varies from 300 to 2500 km depending on the version, has a subsonic cruising speed, and a supersonic speed in the terminal phase. The term “hypersonic cruise missile” is therefore most likely a…

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The first consequences of the release of the INF treaty are revealed

No sooner had President Trump's much-awaited decision to withdraw the United States from the INF Treaty been taken, and Moscow's equally immediate response to do the same, than the first statements and announcements were made, showing that this conclusion was anything but a surprise. On the one hand, there is the traditional exchange of politeness between the two camps, each damning the other for this failure. On the American side, we continue to blame Russia for the Novator system, but also to make accusations or suspicions about other systems, deemed potentially in violation of the treaty, such as the Iskander system. Quoted…

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The United States will suspend its participation in the INF Treaty

According to the CBS channel, and as we had widely anticipated, the United States, through the voice of its Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will announce that they will suspend their participation in the INF treaty, linking the United States and Russia so as not to develop or deploy intermediate-range strategic weapons with a range of 500 and 5000 km. For several weeks, and even several months, it had been clear that the United States had no intention of remaining bound by this treaty, while other potential adversaries such as China, Iran or North Korea , were not. And in fact, the whole argument made around the Russian Novator missile was only one…

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