Trump approves Russia sanctions for violating Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty

Trump approves Russia sanctions for violating Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty
A separate culprit: the Iskander short-range missile, being fired in Russian drills in 2015. The SSC-8 currently at issue is from the same family of missiles, and may be easily mistaken for the Iskander, which is formally deployed in an INF-compliant version. (Image: Russian MOD via russianforces.org)

[Ed. – This is the right thing to do.  It’s also good that Trump is formally ordering up a new missile that would “counter” the Russian deployments while complying with the terms of the INF Treaty.  I’m not sure that will actually affect Russia’s behavior, but it’s an incremental start, which is appropriate.]

The Trump administration called for new sanctions Friday on Russia for violating a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty by deploying a banned cruise missile. …

The sanctions involve the Department of Commerce punishing Russian companies for helping develop the missile that violates the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The treaty banned missiles capable of traveling 500 to 5,000 kilometers from being near Europe’s borders. At that distance, these weapons would provide little notice in the case of an attack, and they are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

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NSC determined it is still in America’s interest to comply with the treaty and have the Department of Defense (DOD) begin research and development on a U.S. version of the missile that the administration official says would not violate the accord.

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