The United States has reported accelerated deployment of banned missiles
The U.S. informed the allies that Russia has accelerated the deployment of cruise missiles, ground-based 9М729, which Washington believes to be in violation of the restrictions of the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) and the main cause of the destruction of the Treaty. The U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty will take place on Saturday, February 2.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the United States believes that Russia has already produced a total of 100 missiles 9М729 by deploying four divisions with 64 missiles (four launchers with four missiles each in division). Three months ago, it was believed that Russia has deployed three such divisions, says WSJ, citing a source in the intelligence services.
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Disagreements between Moscow and Washington touch range missiles 9М729. Russia claims that it does not exceed the permitted agreement of 500 km, the US believe the opposite. The INF Treaty signed by the USSR and the USA in 1987, prohibits the creation and deployment of land-based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km.
On January 23, the Russian defense Ministry showed the missile in a shipping container, noting that he is almost no different in size from the container missile 9М728, obviously corresponding to the limitations of the INF Treaty.