Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

NATO wants Russian Federation to address suspected missile treaty breach

NATO wants Russian Federation to address suspected missile treaty breach

"The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) issued a statement in December underscoring the so-called INF Treaty's "crucial" role in ensuring security for 30 years by "'removing an entire class of USA and Russian weapons" - ground-launched intermediate-range missiles - and calling on Russia to address "serious concerns" about a missile system identified by NATO members.

"They are on notice", U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said on Tuesday ahead of a two-day gathering of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's defense ministers in Brussels.

In the past, the Russian ministry has said it is ready for talks with the USA to try to preserve the treaty and would comply with its obligations if the United States did. The Pentagon is also looking at technologies that could be put in place to try to shoot missiles down if they are heading toward specific targets - an effort that Hutchison might have been referencing in her remarks.

"It seems that people who make such statements do not understand the degree of their responsibility and the danger of such aggressive rhetoric", Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is reported as saying on Tuesday by Russian news agency TASS.

But Hutchison also warned that if Russian Federation did not change course, the United States might field its own weapons, which would require going ahead with "a development phase that is not allowed by the treaty right now".

Under the 2019 NDAA, US legislators allocated $58 million to counter Russia's alleged non-compliance with the INF Treaty. He said there is a lot of concern about that at the U.S. State Department and on Capitol Hill. My point: "Russia needs to return to INF treaty compliance, or we will need to match its capabilities to protect United States and Nato interests", she said on Twitter - some nine hours after her original press briefing.

Russian Federation fears that United States missile shields could be used covertly to preemptively target Vladimir Putin.

The Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty of 1987 sought to stop an arms race in Europe after Moscow in the early 1980s placed nuclear missiles capable of striking European capitals from its home turf.

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Moscow denies that it is in breach of the treaty.

Russian contacts told Mattis, the U.S. defence chief, in summer past year, that if a conventional conflict erupted in Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania, then it would strike targets in Europe using "tactical" nuclear weapons, Woodward said, citing Pentagon sources.

At issue is a new Russian missile system, called 9M729, which is thought to have a range that falls squarely within the banned distances laid down by the 2987 treaty.

"We have been trying to send a message to Russian Federation for several years that we know they are violating the treaty. That would be very bad news for arms control", the story reads.

Russia, which denies that it is in violation of the treaty, labelled Hutchison's comments as unsafe.

The treaty "is in danger because of Russia's actions", Stoltenberg said, adding, "all Allies agree that the most plausible assessment would be that Russian Federation is in violation of the treaty".

"The exercise is defensive and it is transparent", Stoltenberg said, adding that Russian Federation had been "invited to send observers".

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