Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

World War 3: Putin responds to Erdogan’s calls for more weapons – by building MORE nukes | World | News

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) ended last month after the US pulled out of the agreement. The deal banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges – except sea-launched weapons. Trump accused Putin of breaking the deal and suggested that a new treaty should be agreed between the two nations, with China also included.

The US President said: “China was very, very excited about talking about it and so was Russia. So I think we’ll have a deal at some point.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry described Trump’s decision to withdraw as a “grave mistake” and also accused the US of violating the agreement.

Moscow has also raised concerns over the US’ potential deploying of missiles in Japan and South Korea as this would touch parts of Russian territory.

Now, Putin has confirmed Russia will produce previously-banned weapons while speaking at a forum in Vladivostok.

Trump and Putin have been disputing the issue of weapons frequently in recent months.

Missiles were reportedly delivered to Turkey – a NATO member along with the US – from Moscow on two occasions over the last few months, provoking the US to call on President Erdogan to pick a side – NATO or Putin.

NATO members have stressed that this deal could result in Russia gathering intelligence on operations in China, the UK, the US and other key allies.

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US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said: “It’s either the F-35 or the S-400. It’s not both.

“It’s not park one in the garage and roll the other one out. It’s one or the other.

“We are where we are and it’s regrettable… Turkey’s been a long-standing partner and ally and I would hope they would move back in our direction and really live up to what NATO agreed to many years ago.”

Erdogan responded to this by claiming it was “unacceptable” that the countries with missiles were trying to restrict Turkey’s arsenal.

He said: “Some nations have missiles with nuclear warheads — not just one or two. But (they say) I should not have missiles with nuclear warheads. I don’t accept this.

“There is is almost no developed country in the world that does not have nuclear warheads.”

The S-400 missile is a Russian made weapon that poses a threat to NATO’s new f-35 fighter jets.

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