Too soon to know INF withdrawal effects on Canada

The United States will no longer abide by its nuclear arms agreement with Russia and will be removing itself from the treaty in six months if Russia doesn’t come back into its compliance, but Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said it’s too early to think about what the ripple effects could be for Canada. [node:read-more:link]

Russia to develop new, once-prohibited weapons

It didn’t take long following the US announcement that the country would suspend its participation in the INF treaty for Russia to move in kind. Now, freed of its obligations under the 1987 treaty, Moscow is wasting no time in developing new, once-prohibited weapons systems. [node:read-more:link]

RCAF aiming to have armed drones within six years

The RCAF is hoping to buy new drones within six years after spending nearly two decades weighing different options. The CAF has been working since the early 2000s to find unmanned aerial vehicles that can conduct surveillance over Canada's vast territory and support overseas missions. [node:read-more:link]

Putin threatens to target the United States

President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday of a resolute response if the U.S. decides to station missiles in countries neighboring Russia. He said that Russia would respond to any deployment of new intermediate-range missiles in Europe by targeting the United States itself and not just the countries where they are deployed, according to a Reuters translation. [node:read-more:link]

North Korea reconsidering nuclear pact?

Recent military exercises by South Korea and the United States, perceived by North Korea as preparations for an eventual invasion, have prompted the foreign ministry to issue a statement that it is considering ending its moratorium on nuclear development.  [node:read-more:link]

US-Turkey procurement threatened

Turkey’s decision to go ahead with the acquisition of a Russian missile defence system has angered the United States, which is suggesting that it could jeopardize Turkey’s planned procurement of 100 Lockheed Martin F-36 Lighting II joint strike fighters, potentially allowing Russia to gain access to classified U.S. technology. [node:read-more:link]


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