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    US Developing New Capabilities to Counter Russia's Alleged INF Violations

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    The United States is developing improved air defense and other capabalities to counter Russia’s alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, US Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon said on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Pentagon is also working with allies to improve anti-cruise missile capabilities, and "investing in technologies that are most relevant to Russia’s provocations."

    "In light of Russia’s INF Treaty violation and overall aggressive behavior, we are developing and implementing a strategy to address Russian military actions that includes modifying and expanding air defense systems to deny Russia offensive capabilities," McKeon said in written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Since 2015, the United States has alleged that Russia is developing a weapons system in violation of the INF Treaty. Previously, the Pentagon said it would respond using countermeasures to deny any possible advantage. The State Department also threatened to use economic measures to discourage alleged violations.

    Moscow has denied accusations that it is violating the treaty, which bans the development or deployment of ground-based cruise missiles with a range of 310 to 3,400 miles. In turn, Russia has claimed that the United States ballistic missile defense system violates the terms of the treaty.


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