A recent test of a US missile banned by the INF risks backfiring on global security, Vladimir Putin warned. The Russian president said it shows Washington was not interested in the now scrapped landmark accord for quite some time. “Americans tested this missile too quickly – way too quickly after having announced [they] are leaving the agreement. Given that, we have all reasons to believe that development to make it a ground launched missile – it’s a maritime based projectile – started long before [US started] to look for reasons to leave the deal.” The weapon was confirmed by the Pentagon as being a modified version of a sea-based Tomahawk cruise missile, which is normally stationed on warships and submarines. It came just about two weeks after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) officially expired on August 1.
Source: Putin: The timing of the US missile test reveals it had been developed long before Washington left INF