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US sends destroyer to Spain--Russia threatens to abandon treaty



by Joseph Earnest  February 3, 2014


Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia threatened to quit the nuclear treaty with the United States, known as Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), after Washington deployed a ballistic missile defense destroyer to Spain to boost NATO's anti-missile shield in Europe.

The deployment of the Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook, equipped with the Aegis shipboard integrated combat weapons system, was announced by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

"An important posture enhancement is European missile defense in response to ballistic missile threats from Iran, "Hagel said, adding that the US is committed "to deploying missile defense architecture there," as a part of Phase 3 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA).

Hagel also said that over the next two years, three additional Aegis-enabled missile defense-capable destroyers will join the effort to protect NATO countries on the European continent.

"There are some capabilities that the United States military will continue to invest heavily in," Hagel told the Munich conference. "We will continue to be the world leader in those kinds of capabilities."

For its part, the Russian Foreign Ministry's top disarmament official, Mikhail Ulyanov, warned that if the US continues boosting its anti-missile capabilities through developing its missile defense system in Europe, Russia may eventually be forced to withdraw from START.

“We are concerned that the US is continuing to build up missile defense capability without considering the interests and concerns of Russia," Ulyanov told Interfax.
"Such a policy can undermine strategic stability and lead to a situation where Russia will be forced to exercise [its] right of withdrawal from the [START] treaty."

Ulyanov said that "at the current stage" Russian experts estimate that the US missile defense system "has not yet reached a level that would represent a threat to the efficiency of Russian strategic deterrence forces."    Add Comments>>


Source: Al Manar TV news











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