Sen. Fischer Calls For "Firm Response" To Russian Missiles

A Missile Launch By Russia Has Violated A Major Arms Treaty — REPORT

Russian Federation previously irked Washington - and reportedly violated the treaty - when it tested the missiles in 2014.

The comments came after U.S. media reported that unnamed officials in the Trump administration had allegedly accused Moscow of deploying ground-launched cruise missiles in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The U.S. and then-Soviet Union agreed to get rid of cruise and ballistic missiles launched from the ground with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. He said new missiles are needed to maintain the balance of power. "I've said before we need to set firm boundaries for Russia's behavior - and enforce them to the hilt".

United States defense secretary James Mattis is scheduled to meet with allied defense ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, where he is expected to address the Russian military showdown oppose North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations.

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". The position remains empty after Michael Flynn was forced to resign from the position under allegations of misleading Vice President Mike Pence before Barack Obama left the white house.

Little is known about the SSC-8, but according to Lewis, the missile is probably a ground-based version of the Russians' Kalibr cruise missile.

While Trump stumbles on policies from immigration to Russia, Flynn's chaotic management style left senior officials disjointed and frustrated, government officials told FP.

Trump himself, though, repeatedly praised Putin on the campaign trail as well as since being elected, while offering few if any criticisms. John McCain on Tuesday, calling for the administration to ensure the preparedness of USA nuclear forces in Europe. Commonly referred to as the INF or Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, it was billed at the time of its signing as one of the most "detailed and stringent" treaties in the history of nuclear arms control.

"If true, Russia's deployment of an illegal ground-launched cruise missile represents a very troubling development and should be roundly condemned", Tierney said.

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