'Information war': Kremlin dismisses accusations of missile treaty violations
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 1:00
The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to the Times report, which quoted unidentified sources.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated during the meeting of the ministers this Wednesday that the alliance would be severely concerned if the allegations against Russian Federation deploying a cruise missile proved true. A Russian spy ship was spotted off the US East Coast on Tuesday, according to Fox News, the first such incident since Mr Trump took office. The officials claimed that the Russians now have two SSC-8 battalions, one at the Kapustin Yar missile test site in southeast Russia and another which was sent to an operational base elsewhere in the country.
'It's not a huge concern, but we are keeping our eyes on it, ' they added.
Asked why Trump kept Flynn, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday, "The irony of this entire situation is that the president has been incredibly tough on Russian Federation".
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, however, said Tuesday that, "The president has been incredibly tough on Russian Federation". The situation reached "critical mass" last night, he said.
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'That is why the president made a decision to ask for his resignation, and he got it'.
The missile deployment comes as Trump (far left) demanded the resignation of Michael Flynn (far right), his national security adviser, on Monday. Signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, the INF treaty was credited with bringing an end to the Cold War and reducing the danger of a nuclear confrontation.
The "new" violation appears entirely speculative, and based on the fact that the Pentagon, which had previously designated the missiles the SSC-X-8, had removed the X in some recent reports, changing the name to SSC-8.
Instead, Lewis suggested the USA should start developing non-nuclear missile systems in Western Europe to "scare the hell out of the Russians" while also pushing diplomatically for treaty compliance.
Before leaving his post previous year as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander, General Philip M. Breedlove warned that deployment of a Russian cruise missile would be a military threat that "can't go unanswered". According to the Times, each battalion is believed to have four mobile launchers and a larger supply of missiles.