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Russia and China accuse US of stoking tensions with missile test

Reuters
MOSCOW
Russia and China accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but the foreign ministry in Moscow said it would not be drawn into an arms race.
The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km of flight, its first such test since the demise of a landmark nuclear pact this month.
Washington had “obviously taken the course of escalating military tensions,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia would, however, not allow itself “to be pulled into a costly arms race” and did not plan to deploy new missiles unless US did so first, he was quoted as saying by TASS news agency. China also expressed concern. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the test showed the United States was stoking a new arms race and confrontation, which would have a serious negative impact on regional and global security.
“We advise US side to abandon outdated notions of Cold War thinking and zero-sum games, and exercise restraint in developing arms,” Geng said.

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