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Saturday, March 24, 2018

NYT: U.S. officials accused Russia of illegal deployment of cruise missiles

Unnamed U.S. officials told The New York Times that Russia has secretly deployed a new cruise missile in violation of a landmark Treaty on arms control in 1987, which helped to finally stop the “cold war”. The newspaper believes that such actions can pose a problem for President Donald trump, who promised to improve relations with Russia.

photo: Alexander Astafyev

The newspaper reminds that even the Obama administration was concerned about trials in Russia in 2014, the new missile that was seen as a violation of a known contract of 1987 on liquidation of rockets of average and small range. Then Washington demanded Moscow to correct the violation, when the rocket was still in the testing phase. But now Russia has deployed a fully functioning group, writes the NYT.

Unnamed Washington sources said the Russians now have two battalions of prohibited cruise missiles. One is still on the ground missiles at Kapustin Yar in the South-East of the country. Another was allegedly in December moved from this site to base of operations elsewhere in the country. The source said that the intelligence, but refused to give other details.

According to media reports, the new Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis had already planned on meeting with NATO defense Ministers in Brussels, where it can discuss this issue. In the United States believe that the deployment of Russian missile system SSC-X-8 may pose a threat for NATO countries, which have the potential to be one of the main targets.


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