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Missile defense system deployed in Romania and Poland, allow a slight alteration in offensive systems, says the Research Institute of the Navy of the United States.
The organization spoke with Abraham Denmark, who currently heads the Asian countries at the Center for scholars Woodrow Wilson, and previously worked at the Pentagon. According to experts, the object conversion Aegis Ashore in Romania and Poland with the defensive against Iranian ballistic missiles in a offensive position against Russia “is very easy”, which, given NATO’s missiles, sea and air basyouni, may complicate Russia’s plans to protect against possible attacks from Europe.
Denmark recognizes that such a conversion violates the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate range (the INF Treaty).
In October, the President of the United States Donald trump, citing a breach of the agreement by Russia and the build-up of arms by China, has announced its intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty. Adviser to the head of the American state for national security John Bolton visited Moscow after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed plans for trump. Responding to the U.S. statement on possible withdrawal from the bilateral agreement, Russia said the threat of a new arms race, and made the responses, the specific contents which the officials were not disclosed. In particular, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow, avoiding a repetition of the experience of the USSR, would not meet the “so expensive methods.”
The INF Treaty signed by the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987. The agreement prohibits the parties to produce, test and deploy ballistic and cruise land-based missiles of medium (1,000 to 5,500 kilometers) and small (from 500 to 1000 km) range, and ordered the parties to liquidate the appropriate launcher. The contract is purely bilateral in nature (from the former USSR involved in it, except Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus), because, in particular, does not affect China.
Russia considers a gross violation of the INF Treaty, the deployment in Romania and Poland launchers Mark 41, which is able to run not only missile RIM-161 Standard Missile 3, but Tomahawk cruise missiles (with a range up to 2,500 kilometers), reaching almost any target on the territory of the European part of Russia.
The United States accused Russia that the latter hides the true potential of cruise missiles 9М729 complex “Iskander-M”, which is the land version of sea-based missiles “Caliber-NK” (a range of up to 1,400 kilometers). In the Pentagon believe that a ground missile has a range of up to 5,500 kilometers, not 500 miles as stated by the Ministry of defence.
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