INF Treaty violations

It is a man’s world not to enter, but when the existence of the planet is jeopardized by it, perhaps we should give a thought:

I googled the crucial  missile system, violating the INF treaty and selected Tass:

-The 9M729 cruise missile is a modernized version of the 9M728 that makes part of the Iskander-M tactical missile system. The new missile was developed by the Yekaterinburg-based Novator experimental design bureau.

-The United States claims that the 9M729 missile has a range capability that exceeds the 500 km limit stipulated by the INF Treaty and demands that Russia eliminates all these missiles, threatening to withdraw from the treaty

-Russia has numerously rejected these claims, saying that the new missile does not violate the INF Treaty with its range capability.

-“Only intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) launched from the Kapustin Yar proving ground had ranges greater than 500 kilometers,” chief of the Russian Missile and Artillery Force Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky said.

-The United States suspected that 9M729 missiles had allegedly been launched from Kapustin Yar.

-In 2008-2014 a total of 100 missiles of different types were launched from that proving ground. “All surface-to-surface missiles launched there had ranges below the restrictions imposed by the INF Treaty. The launches of strategic missiles were the sole exception. Notifications of all of them were made to the United States under the 1982 treaty,”  said Matveyevsky.

-On January 15, Russia and the US held inter-agency consultations on the INF Treaty in Geneva. Washington again accused Moscow of breaching the arms control agreement. The US threatens to leave the treaty on February 2 unless Russia destroys its 9M729 missile, which allegedly violates the agreement

-Russia told colleagues that during the Zapad-2017 drills on September 18, 2017 this missile was test-launched at the Kapustin Yar proving ground at its maximum range and it covered less than 480 km.

So that is a Russian version. The American versions are mainly reduced to constating that Russia has clearly violated the treaty.


As a reader I would expect the proof by stating the dates when 9M729 were launched and overreached 500 km. Until then  how do I know where is the truth?







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