Russia Deploys Cruise Missile in Violation of Treaty

Tuesday, U. S officials confirmed that Russia had deployed a cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The New York Times was the first to report the deployment. A spokesman for the US State Department Mark Toner, stated that “The Russian Federation remains in violation of its INF Treaty obligations not to possess, produce or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range capability of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles.”

The report of this deployment also comes with the information that Russia has placed a ship off the coast of Delaware but in international waters. The ship is known for its ability for eavesdropping and spy equipment. The ship is called the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov and is also designed to intercept signals intelligence. The ship made a port call in Cuba and is expected to continue north until it gets to the sub base at New London, Conn., then turn around and head south toward Cuba. According to the officials the presence of foreign ships and vessels is not anything news. For example, in 2015. There was a problem when a Russian ship was spotted in the area of where transatlantic cables were laid.

The missile that was deployed could be capable of threatening NATO’s European members. Officials with NATO remarked that, “The INF Treaty eliminated an entire category of weapons that threatened Europe, in particular the threat of short-warning attacks. The treaty remains a key component of our security, and any Russian non-compliance is a serious concern for the alliance.” The official also stated that those in Europe has the have “the capabilities in place to ensure that Russia will not gain any military advantage from disregarding the INF Treaty.”

According to the New York Times, US officials had said the Russians 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. Many in the administration are saying that this breech in the arms treaty must be met with a strong response. Senator Tom Cotton, (R-AK) released a statement saying, “If the last administration showed us anything, it’s that ignoring these kinds of provocations simply means they will proliferate.” Continuing he stated,” “I’ve said before we need to set firm boundaries for Russia’s behavior — and enforce them to the hilt. I take this news as evidence that the US should build up its nuclear forces in Europe.”

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