BRUSSELS – The U.S. envoy to NATO on Tuesday said that Russia must halt development of new missiles that could carry nuclear warheads and warned that the United States could “take out” the system if it becomes operational.
NATO fears the 9M729 system contravenes the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF. The Cold War-era pact bans an entire class of weapons — all land-based cruise missiles with a range between 500-5,500 kilometers (310-3,410 miles), and the alliance says that the Russian system fits into that category, FOX NEWS reports.
As the mainstream media focuses on the Kavanaugh drama, they choose to ignore what is going on in the world and it is the public that allows it because they simply do not demand to know the reality of what is going on around the globe. How is this not breaking news? The United States just threatened to take out a Russian missile system that breaks the Nuclear Forces Treaty.
“It is time now for Russia to come to the table and stop the violations, the U.S. would then be forced to looking at the capability to take out a missile that could hit any of our countries in Europe and hit America. There will come a point in the future in which America will determine that it has to move forward with a development phase that is not allowed by the treaty right now.” ~ U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison
Washington provided the intelligence evidence to its 28 NATO allies that Russia is currently developing the cruise missile system that has the capabilities to deliver a nuclear warhead strike on Europe and the United States with little to no warning.
Russia countered that the U.S. missile defense systems already violate the Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters Tuesday morning that he is taking the issue to NATO and that he is seeking their advice on the situation before heading back to the United States.
“The U.S. is living by the treaty and Russia is not. There is a lot of concern about that at the U.S. State Department and on Capitol Hill. I’m going to lay out the situation, I want their advice as I return to Washington, D.C.” ~ SOD Mattis
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that all allies within NATO are concerned by Russia’s continued work on the system and Russia’s defiance to stop production.
“We have looked into this intelligence and we are extremely concerned, Russia has not provided any credible answers on this new missile. The INF is a crucial element of trans-Atlantic security which is now in danger because of Russia’s actions. After years of denials, Russia recently acknowledged the existence of a new missile system, called 9M729. All allies agree that the most plausible assessment would be that Russia is in violation of the treaty.” ~ Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, complicating Trump’s approach to Russia. Michael Gordon writing in the New York Times reported 14 February 2017 that “… the Russians now have two battalions of the prohibited cruise missile. One is still located at Russia’s missile test site at Kapustin Yar in the country’s southeast. The other was shifted in December from that test site to an operational base elsewhere in the country… Each missile battalion is believed to have four mobile launchers and a larger supply of missiles.” Global Security
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