US threatens to ‘take out’ new Russian cruise missile system if it becomes operational

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Washington claims once the system works, Moscow could launch a nuclear strike in Europe with little or no notice. The US envoy to Nato on Tuesday warned that Russia must stop development of new missiles that could carry nuclear warheads and threatened to “take out” the system if it comes online. Nato claims that the 9M729 system contravenes the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF. The cold war-era pact bans an entire class of weapons – all land-based cruise missiles with a range from 500 to 5,500km (310-3,410 miles), and the alliance says the Russian system fits into that category…

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