Russia provokes more with missile deployment

One of the biggest risks to the world with a Trump presidency was always going to be international opportunism and posturing.

CNN: Russia deploys missile in apparent treaty violation

Moscow has deployed a cruise missile in an apparent treaty violation, a senior military official told CNN Tuesday.

The move is just the latest in a string of Russian provocations in the early days of the Trump administration, which has called for warmer relations with the Kremlin.

The traditional US adversary has also positioned a spy ship off the coast of Delaware and carried out flights near a US Navy warship, concerning American officials. The administration has not officially drawn any links between the three events.

The ground-launched cruise missile seems to run counter to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the senior military official said. The New York Times first reported is deployment.

While declining to speak on intelligence matters, a spokesman for the US State Department did draw attention to Russian violations of the treaty.

“The Russian Federation remains in violation of its INF Treaty obligations not to possess, produce or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range capability of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles,” acting spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“We have made very clear our concerns about Russia’s violation, the risks it poses to European and Asian security, and our strong interest in returning Russia to compliance with the treaty,” Toner added.

Just last week, a US navy warship in the Black Sea had three encounters with Russian aircraft Friday that were deemed to be unsafe and unprofessional because of how close the Russian planes flew to the US, according to a senior defense official.

 The chances of things turning our much worse are far greater than them getting a bit better.

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14 Comments

  1. Is Putin playing the same game with the US that the US is playing with China? The game is an incremental testing of how far they can go without crossing the unseen and unidentified line in the sand. Think of a cogwheel tightening a cable, sooner or later the cable will reach Young’s Modulus of elasticity and the cable will neck, stretch and then break with a loud noise,

    • Blazer

       /  February 15, 2017

      Trumps main ‘enemy’ is..’Chaina’….but he seems to be absorbing the reality of …..U.S $ denominated debt,and the ramifications of imposing tariffs or threats to…Chaina.

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  February 15, 2017

    Goodness gracious, all this coming *on top of* everything else……and it *hasn’t even been a month* since Trumpy’s inauguration ❗

    Hard to see him wanting *another* 4 years, surely ❓

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 15, 2017

    Where and how was the cruise missile deployed?

  4. Conspiratoor

     /  February 15, 2017

    “The move is just the latest in a string of Russian provocations in the early days of the Trump administration”

    Gotta love old media with their newly discovered realities eagerly regurgitated by willing bloggers. The way the above is phrased you would think Ivan aircraft playing chicken with the US navy began with Trump. Not so

  5. Its called balancing the power, and Putin has been talking about it for ages. Trump tacitly agrees, and so he should. Russia is not the enemy. No more wars, Now we can achieve a peace balance without the 100,000 bombs and Islamobama organises a civil war, which will fail.

    • It would be really great Paul if that situation could be achieved. Unfortunately, I do not believe Putin subscribes to that philosophy because he believes he is better than Napoleon. He seeks dominance not peace.

      • Blazer

         /  February 16, 2017

        Apart from protecting Russians and Russian borders what evidence of dominance does Putin display on a global scale?

        • Blazer, it is called “Satan” and has the power to wipe out all of the British Isles with one weapon drop. Russia has also the capability to launch intercontinental weapons of mass destruction anywhere on the globe from its massive submarine fleet, including New Zealand that would effectively disappear after 3 SL SSBM. Its the other half of the MAD doctrine.

          • Here is a UK Newspaper report on “Satan 2” for your edification:
            “Russia is preparing to test-fire a nuclear weapon which is so powerful it could reportedly destroy a whole country in seconds.

            The “Satan 2″ missile is rumoured to be the most powerful ever designed and is equipped with stealth technology to help it dodge enemy radar systems .

            This terrifying doomsday weapon is likely to strike fear into the hearts of Western military chiefs, as current missile defence technology is totally incapable of stopping it.”

            • Gezza

               /  February 17, 2017

              “Here is a UK Newspaper report on “Satan 2” for your edification:
              “Russia is preparing to test-fire a nuclear weapon which is so powerful it could reportedly destroy a whole country in seconds.

              The “Satan 2″ missile is rumoured to be the most powerful ever designed and is equipped with stealth technology to help it dodge enemy radar systems .”

              Did you notice something quite important in that report Bj? Do you have a link?