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Russia is undermining a symbol of cold-war diplomacy

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  • Dec 07 2017 16:55About: 7 days ago
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THIRTY years ago, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, banishing an entire category of destabilising weapons from Europe. Some 2,700 ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km were destroyed in a deal that presaged the end of the cold war. Yet today the treaty is imperiled by Russian violations. If those do not cause it to collapse, the response America is contemplating may.

America first announced its concerns over Russian violations in 2014, a few months after Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea. The treaty obliges both countries not to possess, “produce or flight-test” new intermediate-range ground-launched missiles. Russia, the Americans said, had tested a cruise missile that breached that agreement. No countermeasures were proposed, apparently in the hope that the Russians would be embarrassed into quietly abandoning the new system.

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THIRTY years ago Ronald Reagan Mikhail Gorbachev signed Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty banishing entire category destabilising weapons from Europe. Some 2700 ground-launched ballistic cruise missiles with ranges between 5500 were destroyed deal that presaged cold war. today imperiled Russian violations. those cause collapse response America contemplating may.America first announced concerns over violations 2014 months after Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea. obliges both countries possess “produce flight-test” intermediate-range missiles. Russia Americans said tested missile breached agreement. countermeasures proposed apparently hope Russians would embarrassed into quietly abandoning system.The denied charge though they been...Continue reading

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