Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov speaks during a news conference in Moscow on February 7.
Russian Federation is willing to consider a new treaty agreement with the U.S.to replace the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. It confirmed that the missile successfully reached its target, a practice range in the country's far east.
The INF Treaty was signed by the Soviet Union and the U.S., and envisages the destruction of all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (about 300 to 3,400 miles).
This comes after the United States recently announced the decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty over the next sixth-months.
"We will respond to them in a tit-for-tat manner", he stressed.
At the end of last week, Washington announced that it would withdraw from the decades' old pact, which was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, who was the leader of the now-defunct Soviet Union.
Moscow has vehemently denied the claims, citing a lack of proof, and stressed that the range of these weapons was 480 km, which is in full compliance of the INF.
But NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that intelligence gathered by many nations has shown Russia's violations, Reuters reported.
"The hard answer is that I don't see now much appetite to do anything in this direction, nearly from everyone", Rinkevics said.
The following day Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow was providing a mirror response.
The Undersecretary of Defense for Policy made his statement after Russian Federation indicated on Tuesday that it will also abandon the INF after the U.S. withdrawal, with plans to develop two new land-based missile launch systems by 2021 to counter USA developments in its missile capabilities. "That's not what we're thinking about right now", he said.