Sergei Shoigu promised rapid development of the country's defences, with a new land-based cruise missile and a new land-based hypersonic missile in the works.
Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by saying that Moscow would also abandon the pact. He also claimed that Russia's 9M729 missile violates the INF treaty which bans missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,400 miles.
For its part, the United States of Donald Trump has stoked Russian anxieties over American intentions by withdrawing from a number of multilateral accords - including the Iran nuclear deal - pursuing superiority in sea- and air-launched missile systems, and talking up development of a new ground-launched cruise missile.
The INF treaty was signed in 1987 by then U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and resolved a crisis over Soviet nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles targeting Western capitals. He had been pushing Trump to withdraw from the treaty with Russian Federation since 2018.
The U.S. withdrawal from the INF may trigger new conflicts between Washington and Beijing. The U.S. has provided Moscow with substantial information about this system's violations, including geographic coordinates and dates for the tests, but Russian Federation continues to deny any wrongdoing.
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Moscow's relations with the West are strained over issues including Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, allegations of meddling in the USA presidential election and being behind a nerve agent attack in Britain.
U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told a UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday that the United States would reconsider its withdrawal from the INF treaty "should Russian Federation return to full and verifiable compliance".
On Jan. 23, China Central Television aired footage deemed as showing the test launch of the latest DF26 intermediate-range missile. A land-based longer-range hypersonic missile complex is expected to be created within the same time limit.
The INF Treaty represented a good-faith effort between two rivals to de-escalate the threat of nuclear war, particularly the risk of short-notice attacks.
After the USA gave notice of its intention to withdraw, Putin said Russian Federation would do the same.
He acknowledged that a future pact was unlikely to be as sweeping as the INF treaty. Russian officials claimed that the U.S. assertions about the alleged breach of the pact by Moscow were meant to shift the blame for the pact's demise to Russia.