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Russia: US activation of anti-missile shield against international treaty

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said the US activation of a missile defense system in Europe is a violation of key clauses of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The ministry also promised to answer with reciprocal measures.

Russian media have reported that the country’s military plans to equip its missile force with RS-24 Yars missiles by 2022, in response to NATO’s deployment of a missile defense system in Europe. The RS-24 Yars is an intercontinental ballistic missile that has a maximum firing range of 11,000 kilometers, and can carry three or four independently targetable warheads.

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