According to Washington, the rocket Novator 9M729 violates the agreement, but Moscow says that its range does not exceed 500 kilometers.
Russia and USA . they have been accused for years of violating the INF treaty of 1987, which prohibits medium-range missiles , with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. In fact, the missile that serves Trump to break the deck is part of this dialectical war at least since 2014. That year Washington already notified its NATO allies that Russia had been testing a missile that could violate the treaty. The then president Barack Obama sent a letter to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in July 2014 making him share these fears.
According to the Americans, the treaty violations signed by Reagan and Gorbachev have to do with the cruise missile tests Novator 9M729, which in NATO call SSC-8 . In 2017, US intelligence services claimed that the missile had already been delivered to the Russian army. Two weeks ago, at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels Pentagon chief James Mattis warned that Moscow’s actions force Washington to “build their own systems, which will become a counterweight to Russian missiles” .
Russia, on the other hand, has also had complaints. The Russian media already published in 2005 that Moscow was considering abandoning the treaty. In June 2013 Sergey Ivanov, head of the Kremlin Administration, said that the treaty benefited the US more. that Russia, since the Americans did not have to face threats to their security. “The Americans do not need this type of weapons, since their effective radio does not reach Europe,” he explained on the Rossiya-24 channel.
In Moscow, the rejection of the US anti-missile shield for Europe is recovered. “On the shuttles of the Aegis system in the USA. In Romania and Poland, in addition to the anti-ballistic missiles SM-3, you can place long-range cruise missiles Tomahawk, “said yesterday in Gazeta.ru General Valeri Zaparenko, exvicejefe of the operational Directorate of the General Staff.
In Moscow experts and Government argue that the Novator 9M729 does not exceed the 500 kilometers of range. “In Russia there are medium and short range missiles, but they are installed in military ships, or in air transport,” General Yuri Netkachov said in Nezavísimaya Gazeta .