By Edmund DeMarche
Published August 20, 2019
A top Russian official on Tuesday said the U.S. is stoking tension after firing a ground-based version of a Tomahawk cruise missile that was previously barred under a Cold War-era agreement between the two sides that both accused the other of violating.
The Pentagon on Monday said the cruise missile, fired off the coast of California, hit its flying target 310 miles away.
Reuters, citing TASS news agency, reported that Sergei Ryabkov, a deputy foreign minister, called the test regrettable.
“The United States has obviously taken the course of escalating military tensions. We will not succumb to provocations,” he said.
The U.S. withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on Aug. 2.
Russia recently suffered what many believe was a nuclear-powered missile test failure at a remote base. There has been speculation about what kind of missile was being tested at the time. One theory in Forbes said Moscow was testing a “mega-torpedo,” 30 times larger than the conventional ones found on submarines.
The explosion prompted President Trump to take to Twitter to say that the U.S. was monitoring the situation, but has more advanced technology.