Russia said to be violating 1987 missile accord

Russia is engaged in a major violation of the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States by building a new medium-range missile banned under the accord, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

Disclosure of the treaty violation comes as President Barack Obama last week called for a new round of arms negotiations with Moscow aimed at cutting deployed nuclear warheads by one-third.

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Intelligence officials said internal assessments identified Russia’s new Yars M missile that was tested earlier this month as an INF missile with a range of less than 5,500 kilometers.

Treaty Cheating | Washington Free Beacon

If it has a range of less than 5,500 kilometers, then it is an intermediate-range missile. The Russians not surprisingly insist that the range is greater than 5,500 kilometers.

If Russia is cheating in an area that we can see, what about the areas that we can’t?