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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rocket Making Could Resume Quickly

Russia is capable of quickly resuming production of short- and medium-range nuclear missiles, the commander of the Rocket Forces said Friday.

"If there is a political decision to make such a class of missile, then it is obvious that they will be made in Russia in the near future because we have everything we need," Colonel General Nikolai Solovtsov was quoted by RIA-Novosti as saying.

"Today we are in [arms control] agreements, so we act strictly within those agreements."

President Vladimir Putin told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this month that Russia would find it difficult to stay in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in December 1987.

That treaty bound Washington and Moscow to destroy all ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. It led to the scrapping of 2,692 missiles in total.