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    McCain Calls for 'Meaningful' Response to Russia's Alleged INF Treaty Violations

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    John McCain, a hawkish US Senator known for his anti-Russia position, has called for boosting US deterrent posture in Europe after reports emerged alleging Moscow has secretly deployed nuclear-tipped ground-launched cruise missiles in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The administration of President Donald Trump must immediately respond to Russia’s alleged deployment of nuclear-tipped ground-launched cruise missiles, McCain said in a press release.

    The news comes as US media reported that Russia deployed ground-based nuclear cruise missiles in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

    The Pentagon supported the review of alleged the INF Treaty violations.

    The treaty prohibits the development, deployment or testing of ground-launched ballistic or cruise missiles with ranges between 300 and 3,400 miles. It was implemented by 1991 with inspections carrying on until 2001.

    "Russia’s treaty violation requires a meaningful response," McCain stated in the release on Tuesday. "In light of the most recent developments, it is time for the new administration to take immediate action to enhance our deterrent posture in Europe and protect our allies."

    McCain claimed Russia’s violation of the INF treaty is a significant threat to US forces in Europe and its NATO allies, the release stated.

    The United States should continue to modernize its nuclear forces and ensure NATO’s nuclear deterrence forces are prepared to counter Russian nuclear doctrine, which calls for the first use of nuclear weapons, McCain added.

    Russia has rejected the accusations, and said that the United States deploying its Europe-based missile defense system violates the INF treaty.


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      McCains meaningful is..bomb them all and do not stop until nothing is left breathing. unfortunately (or otherwise) the americans are not that good ...full of hot wind
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      ugly zionists are trying to get WW3.......
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      EVERYONE knows the TRUTH, A TRAITOR, that HUGS Al Qaeda, AL Nusra then arm them and train them to topple ASSAD, and they went and did ATROCITIES with tax payers dollars and DRUG money laundered from Afghanistan operation. Do TRUMP knows the truth of NATO in Afghanistan? The DRUGS that are controlled by NATO and the terrorists sponsored tto create chaos and minimize Afghan gov controls? The RAPES and kills DAILY hidden by the NAZI MSM of U.S?
      Perhaps is time to give a meaningful response to that. ANd NATO should pay too.
      Oh I know..Too big to fail and BUFFOON leaders. Oh well.
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      Darrell R
      Last I checked, it was the US and NATO at the Russian border, upgrading their nukes in the Russian vicinity, not the other way around.

      If McCain had his way, he would be sitting in a bunker, laughing at the global nuclear destruction he created.
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      it is a shame that countries cannot execute citizens for warmongery, even if they are in politics.
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      Andrew J
      A very dangerous and perverse creature. Kind of like Hillary
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      f u c k you nazi maniac, mccain, go and f u ck yourself.
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      Crying baby Mcain
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      Anyone pardoned for treason should not be allowed to hold any public office. What is the punishment for treason, huh Mr. McCain? Tell us, songbird.
    • Lubos Vokoun
      The adequate response to "alleged deployment" are "alleged sanctions" - consider it done Mr McCaine
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      How many false news and contradictory statements in that article comon Sputnik you have buckled under the pressure; stating McCains lunatic assertion that Russia has a first strike policy WRONG its McCains US neocon 'first strike policy' that is causing the problem and the US has completely contravened the INF treaty like every other treaty Sputnik those harmful and deliberate misinformation needs to be followed by your counter otherwise your fast becoming a western propaganda tool.
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      Erik Trete
      Again we get no evidence, not even a picture from a social network of this suspected cruise missile deployment.

      In the meantime, how many of those landbased Mark41VLS ABM Missile launchers in East Europe are loaded, not with SM-3 ABMs but with Tomahawk cruise missiles? How many Mark41 launchers are hidden in warehouses, ready to be deployed in a moment's notice? All the infrastructure to launch these missiles is in place.

      All the missiles used as targets for the testing of the US ABM mid course interceptors; each one is a violation of the INF treaty.

      Tell me, who is violating the INF treaty again.
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      ViTranin reply toapollo9(Show commentHide comment)
      apollo9, Comes to them too .... and not just for a few days !
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