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'Information war': Kremlin dismisses accusations of missile treaty violations

Officials say Russia's deployment of the ground-launched cruise missiles known as SSC-8, which have a range of 500 to 5,500 km or 310 to 3,420 miles, violates the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which bans all ground-launched cruise and ballistic missiles in that range. This must be what Trump was talking about on January 7 when he tweeted, "When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now".

His remarks in Brussels came before chairing the first meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The Kremlin's moves come the day after Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign after failing to fully disclose conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. concerning USA sanctions while he was not yet in office.

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 report came as Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned on Monday over the controversy about his phone conversation with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak before Trump's inauguration in January.

A Russian navy ship launches Kalibr cruise missiles from the Caspian sea at targets over 1,000 miles away in Syria.

Trump himself, though, repeatedly praised Putin on the campaign trail as well as since being elected, while offering few if any criticisms.

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

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 Obama administration accused Russian Federation of violating the treaty in 2014, when the country tested what is thought to be the same missile recently launched.

"In light of the most recent developments, it is time for the new administration to take immediate action to enhance our deterrent posture in Europe and protect our allies", Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement.

The missiles are nuclear-capable, said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, dealing a hefty symbolic blow to nonproliferation efforts. One test site is reportedly located in Kapustin Yar, in the country's southeast region.



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