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U.S. considers options to tackle Russia's cutting-edge cruise missile, - media

A lot of information about the weapon remains unknown; yet, the case of use of these missiles in Syria makes Washington think of a proper response to a possible threat
15:28, 3 October 2018

The National Interest

U.S. mission in the NATO is concerned about the recent use of new Russian missile weaponry in Syria; the device might pose a potential danger for Washington, which needs a timely and effective response. The American envoy in the Alliance Kay Bailey Hutchison said that briefing the media ahead of NATO defense ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on October 2.

'Speaking to reporters in Brussels on October 2, Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison called on Russia to halt development of the 9M729, which the United States says is a violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. 'It is time now for Russia to come to the table and stop the violations,' Hutchison said on the eve of a meeting between Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his NATO counterparts. If the system 'became capable of delivering,' she said, the United States 'would then be looking at the capability to take out a missile that could hit any of our countries in Europe and hit America,' reads the article at Radio Liberty.

BBC.com added that the weapon, placed on a missile carrier may pose a grave threat, allowing Russia to land a nuclear strike 'at very short notice'.

'At first sight, this seems to be a fairly blunt warning from President Donald Trump's Nato ambassador. But it is not exactly clear what she is saying. Is she threatening a pre-emptive strike out of the blue? Surely not. Is she warning that if the Russian development of these weapons goes ahead then the US will find systems to target them in the event of a crisis? Indeed, other US experts have sometimes suggested that a more likely US response might be to throw over the INF treaty itself and deploy a similar category of weapon. That would be very bad news for arms control', the story reads.

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