US Puts Russia "On Notice" Over Treaty Violation, NATO Agrees

Aaron Brown
October 5, 2018

The Russian Foreign Ministry blasted the statements made by the USA envoy as "aggressive and destructive", adding that they will get a detailed response from Russian military experts. Who has this lady been authorized by to make such statements?

The U.S. representative to NATO has said that the U.S. could potentially "take out" Russian missiles that it determined were in violation of existing treaties.

He cited development of a new ground-launched cruise missile known as 9M729, whose existence Russian Federation only recently acknowledged "after years of denials". He said there is a lot of concern about that at the U.S. State Department and on Capitol Hill.

Hutchison later posted a tweet, saying she didn't mean "pre-emptively striking Russia".

Russia's new 9M729 cruise missile, identified by US intelligence past year, appears to be a variant of a legal ground-launched missile with much shorter range. Surely not. Is she warning that if the Russian development of these weapons goes ahead then the United States will find systems to target them in the event of a crisis?

"One of the reasons I'm here this I want advice from Nato nations, what do we do with a treaty that two nations entered into, one is still living by - that's us, the United States - and Russian Federation isn't?", the USA defence secretary, James Mattis, said in Paris, prior to a meeting of Nato defence ministers in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday.

"This treaty is in danger because of Russia's actions", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters.

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We are talking about the new Russian land-based missiles long-range 9M729, which, in the opinion of the United States, violates the ban on cruise and ballistic land-based missiles of average range. The sites, United States and NATO officials counter, only house defensive weapons and not any treaty-busting offensive missiles.

"Russia has not provided any credible answers about this new missile".

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official insisted "the ball on this issue is in Russia's court", saying the alliance expected "credible answers" about the missile system.

The talk of nuclear violations comes amid heightened tension over Russia's aggressive use of conventional military forces in Ukraine and in the Baltic region, as well as its use of cyber strikes and propaganda against the U.S. and European Union states.

"At that point we would be looking at the capability to take out a (Russian) missile that could hit any of our countries", she said, adding counter-measures (by the US) would be to take out the missiles that are in development by Russia in violation of the treaty. "All allies agree that the most plausible assessment would be that Russian Federation is in violation of the treaty", Stoltenberg added.

"Allies emphasise that a situation whereby the United States and other parties were abiding by the treaty and Russian Federation were not - would be a grave and urgent concern", the NATO statement said.

Russia has long feared that US missile shields could be used covertly to preemptively target the man who controls the Russian nuclear arsenal - Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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