Russian ministry conducts ballistic missile test
Russia on Tuesday conducted a short-range ballistic missile test.
The Defense Ministry said drone footage showed the test target was destroyed successfully.
A RESPONSE TO THE US' CRUISE MISSILE TEST
The exercise is being seen as a retaliatory response to a cruise missile test by the US last week.
Last month, the US formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty following a months-long war of words between Moscow and Washington.
The treaty was signed in 1987 by then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan, reducing the chances of a nuclear war in Europe. Under the treaty, both sides destroyed the whole class of intermediate- and short-range missiles in a span of four years.
International observers fear a fresh arms race in the absence of this landmark treaty.