Russian Cruise Missile Deployment Violates Treaty

"Nobody has formally accused Russian Federation of violating the treaty", he said.

Moscow also denied it had violated the INF treaty, which helped end the Cold War between the two countries.

It happened secretly in December during the Obama administration, but it is now up to President Trump to respond.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump attacked media reports that us agencies intercepted phone calls previous year between Russian intelligence officials and members of his presidential campaign team.

This makes the treaty a possible topic for discussion by Jim Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, in his upcoming NATO meeting, since it has stirred restlessness in the white house with its potential damage to US-Russian relations.

The deployment of a fully operation unit of the SSC-8 ground-launched intermediate-range missiles presents a major challenge to US president Donald Trump and the US-Russia relations, Xinhua news agency quoted the report as saying.

The Obama administration tried to persuade Moscow to correct the violation while the missile was still in the test phase, but the Russians have moved ahead with the system, the report added.

Asked why Trump kept Flynn, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday, "The irony of this entire situation is that the president has been incredibly tough on Russian Federation". Trump was informed Flynn had misled Pence but the president kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited almost three weeks before ousting the aide. He has refused to explicitly criticize Putin. "The treaty remains a key component of our security, and any Russian non-compliance is a serious concern for the alliance", a NATO official told CNN.

According to the Stoltenberg, the INF treaty played a large part in eliminating nuclear weapons that threatened Europe and NATO allies, and attacks on the treaty could harm global security.

The missile deployment - and the lack of immediate response from the White House - showcases how the understaffed and embattled new administration is ill-prepared to face security threats, experts and officials say.

Sen. Deb Fischer, chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, say the missiles would be illegal under the Intermediate - Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

  • Archie Newman