Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Putin says Russia will target nations hosting U.S. missiles

Putin says Russia will target nations hosting U.S. missiles

Bolton avoided directly answering questions from press about whether "we'll soon be seeing U.S. missiles in Europe", saying only that the single country constrained by the INF treaty was the United States. "In addition, the United States should allow the Russians to inspect the proposed missile defense sites in Poland and Romania to demonstrate that they can not be used for offensive purposes".

Forward-based, ground-launched cruise missiles.

The US says Russian Federation has violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty and plans to withdraw. Under the 1987 agreement, the U.S. and the former Soviet Union committed to eliminate all ground-based nuclear and conventional missiles with a range 310 to 3,420 miles. Indeed beginning in 1979 and through 1992, the USA deployed some 108 Pershing missiles with a range of 1100 miles (1770 km) carrying a 50 kiloton bomb in a variable-entry warhead, as well as another 464 ground-launched Gryphons, a type of cruise missile with a range of 1600 miles (2500 km) carrying a 150 kiloton warhead. "If you have noticed - and we have - the US Congress has already allocated funds for intermediate- and shorter-range missile research and development", he said.

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg agreed that Russian Federation had probably violated the deal.

Bolton, speaking to reporters after his talks with Putin, said Trump would like to meet the Russian president in Paris and that precise arrangements were being worked on.

The Trump administration's 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), a yearly report that "determines the role of nuclear weapons" in USA security policy, cites concerns over "negative trends in the security environment", shared by its European Union allies, as a reason for a more aggressive nuclear policy in Europe.

"They all failed", Bolton said.

Trump also has extended an invitation to Putin to visit Washington, which administration officials said could yield a second full summit next year.

Bolton said Russian Federation was violating its commitments under the pact, an allegation Moscow has denied.

"We don't have an effective INF treaty if it's only respected by one part", Mr Stoltenberg told a press conference. "We will assess the implications for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, for our security, of the new Russian missile", he said.

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He went on to lament China's ballistic missile activities, saying the INF lacks the reach to contain them.

This could place extra stress on already-strained relations between the USA and the Trump administration's protectionist policies.

Trump has been tearing up treaties since taking office, from halting negotiations on the TPP to NAFTA, but his latest threat to pull out of the nuclear deal, negotiated by President Reagan in the 80s, may be his biggest mistake.

Putin has repeatedly denied those charges and a Russian official said the issue was raised but not discussed.

Russian Federation opposes the U.S.'s exit, calling it unsafe. "We don't know anything about their concrete plans, where and when they might deploy their new systems". They've been violating it for many years, ' Trump told reporters in Nevada, referring to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. And it includes China.

An end to the INF Treaty could see the United States deploying weapons to its allies in Asia to contain Chinese influence.

"We are ready to work with our American partners without any hysterics", he said.

A failure to renew New START, which expires in 2021, "would be a bad outcome, but one that doesn't necessarily have to come to pass", Levine said. "I think their preference is that they have stayed in this and we do not withdraw, but we are giving them the reasons why we are going do it". He said Moscow would have to "take retaliatory measures to neutralize possible military threats". A collapse of the treaty would allow Moscow to more freely deploy now prohibited weapons - those that the USA says are in violation of the treaty.

Nuclear policy is no place to practice brinkmanship, Downman said.

The struggle is on, as always, for President Donald Trump's mind.

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