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Russia terms US missile test as 'escalation of military tensions'

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WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 20, 2019, 01.22 PM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

Russia on Tuesday said that the United States was ramping up military tensions by testing a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with Russia eliminating such potentially nuclear-capable weapons.

The US Defence Department announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile.

"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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier urged the United States to begin new arms talks after the collapse of a Cold War nuclear pact between the two world powers. 

Moscow has blamed Washington for unilaterally ending the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty reached in 1987, signed back then by US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.