Russia says US missile test escalation of military tensions

first_imgMOSCOW: Moscow on Tuesday said the United States was ramping up military tensions by testing a medium-range cruise missile weeks after tearing up a pact with Russia. “This is all a cause of regret. The US has obviously taken a course towards the escalation of military tensions. We won’t react to provocations,” Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told state news agency TASS. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The US announced on Monday that it had tested a type of ground-launched missile that was banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with the Soviet Union. The missile was launched from the US Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of California. The launch was a sign of Washington beefing up its capabilities in the wake of the collapse of the INF on August 2. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Many fear the end of the INF, which Washington accused Moscow of having violated in recent years, will lead to a new and dangerous nuclear arms race. “We will not allow ourselves to get drawn into a costly arms race,” Ryabkov said. He added that Moscow would stick to a unilateral moratorium on such missile systems “if and when we get them, as long as the US does not deploy them anywhere in the world”. Advertise With Us The INF banned all land-based missiles, conventional and nuclear, that could travel between 500 and 5,500 kilometres (310 and 3,400 miles), in an effort to abolish the class of nuclear arms that then most threatened Europe. The missile tested on Sunday was a version of the nuclear-capable Tomahawk cruise missile. The ground-launched version of the Tomahawk was removed from service after the INF was ratified. Ryabkov said that the test, just over two weeks after the US withdrew from the treaty, showed that it had been working on such missiles for a long time ahead of the withdrawal.last_img read more

Antinuke anarchists claim Italy shooting

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Roberto Adinolfi was shot in the leg Monday near his Genoa home by an unknown masked gunman, who fled as a passenger on a motor scooter. Adinolfi, who was released from the hospital on Friday, is the CEO of Ansaldo Nuclear, a division of the state-controlled Finmeccanica company.In the claim, the anarchist group, known as the FAI, listed Adinolfi’s role in promoting nuclear energy as the reason for targeting him and said that it would continue its campaign against Finmeccanica, a defense and aeronautics company.The FAI has previously claimed responsibility for letter bombs sent to Italy’s Equitalia tax collection agency, including one that wounded the organization’s director last December.A letter containing small amounts of explosive powder was received Thursday at the main office of Equitalia in Rome, the news agency ANSA reported. No one was reported harmed.Equitalia has come under more mainstream pressure in recent weeks amid media reports of a rash of suicides and other public acts of desperation among businessmen in financial difficulty.The desperate acts have brought to the fore the issue of slow payments from the state to private businesses, and the inability, to date, of businessmen to count the balance owed them from the state against their tax bill. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   ROME (AP) – An anti-nuclear anarchist group that previously targeted Italy’s tax collection agency claimed responsibility Friday for shooting and wounding the chief executive of a nuclear engineering firm earlier in the week.The Informal Anarchist Federation’s Olga unit said it would continue to carry out other “actions” in the claim sent to leading daily Corriere della Sera, which posted it on its website.last_img read more