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But the pact has also constrained the United States from deploying new weapons to respond to China's efforts to cement a dominant position in the Western Pacific and to keep U.S. naval forces at bay. "They have been violating it for many years", Trump said after a rally in Elko, Nevada.

Russian Federation has said little about its new missile other than to deny that it is in breach of the agreement. "And we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we're not allowed to".

In 2014, Washington publicly accused Moscow of developing a ground-launched cruise missile that USA officials said was in direct violation of the 1987 agreement because it could allow Moscow to launch a nuclear strike on Europe on short notice.

China is not yet signed up to the pact.

"But if Russia's doing it and if China's doing it, and we're adhering to the agreement, that's unacceptable".

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"Only when we become convinced that there is an incoming attack on the territory of Russian Federation, and that happens within seconds, only after that we would launch a retaliatory strike,"Putin said".

President Donald Trump has flagged he wants out of the 1987 deal.

Building on his defiance and boasts, Putin said Russian Federation had nothing to fear given its defense capability and "people ready to defend our sovereignty and independence". "They think if they threaten the West properly, it gets scared".

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In Washington, the United States military cast doubt on Putin's claims, the Reuters news agency reported.

The White House said no official decision had been made to leave the treaty, known as INF.

Putin revealed the programme, and other missile systems he said were unbeatable, during his re-election campaign in March.

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