Skip to comments.U.S. Says Russia Tested Missile, Despite Treaty
Posted on 01/30/2014 8:36:45 AM PST by Seizethecarp
The United States informed its NATO allies this month that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, raising concerns about Moscows compliance with a landmark arms control accord.
With President Obama pledging to seek deeper cuts in nuclear arms, the State Department has been trying to find a way to resolve the compliance issue, preserve the treaty and keep the door open to future arms control accords.
Other officials, who asked not to be identified because they were discussing internal deliberations, said there was no question the missile tests ran counter to the treaty and the administration had already shown considerable patience with the Russians. And some members of Congress, who have been briefed on the tests on a classified basis for well over a year, have been pressing the White House for a firmer response.
The treaty banning the testing, production and possession of medium-range missiles has long been regarded as a major step toward curbing the American and Russian arms race.
But after President Vladimir V. Putin rose to power and the Russian military began to re-evaluate its strategy, the Kremlin developed second thoughts about the accord. During the administration of President George W. Bush, Sergei B. Ivanov, the Russian defense minister, proposed that the two sides drop the treaty.
Though the Cold War was over, he argued that Russia still faced threats from nations on its periphery, including China and potentially Pakistan. But the Bush administration was reluctant to terminate a treaty that NATO nations regarded as a cornerstone of arms control and whose abrogation would have enabled the Russians to increase missile forces directed at the United States allies in Asia.
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When you are a scumbag, untrustworthy liar, don’t be surprised when people do the same to you.
All is not as it seems. A careful reading of the NY Times article and of the Russian test shows that the NY Slimes is banging the drums for a big war.
Up is down.
This article shows the 2007 Russian missile tests: http://cns.miis.edu/stories/070601.htm
The “controversy” being hyped today over the “Intermediate Range” missile test also existed back in 2007, which is that Russia is permitted to develop and test short range ICBM’s with ranges below 500KM, but that the U.S. includes the 200KM Iskander missle on the list as a banned Intermediate Range weapon.
Iskander is named in the treaty, so it is banned even though the U.S.-CCCP treaty only bans the Intermediate range tests of weapons with ranges greater than 500KM.