Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the US had ‘set a course for mounting military tensions’ [File: Thomas Peter/EPA]

Russia has accused the United States of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile for the first time since Washington withdrew from a landmark Cold War-era nuclear pact earlier this month.

On Monday, the Pentagon said it tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile a day before that hit its target after more than 500km of flight.

Sunday’s test was the first of its kind by the US since President Donald Trump‘s administration formally withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia on August 2.

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Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty, an accusation the Kremlin has denied.

Reacting to the missile test,

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