Russia’s deployment of nuclear-capable missiles treaty ‘untenable’: Mattis

Vastavam web: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday said Russia’s deployment of nuclear-capable missiles in violation of an arms treaty is “untenable” and unless Moscow changes, the US will have to match that military capability. Speaking to reporters at the close of a NATO defense ministers meeting, Mattis said the US is reviewing its diplomatic and military options because of Russia’s continued violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. “Make no mistake: The current situation, with Russia in blatant violation of this treaty, is untenable.” His comments underscored assertions made Tuesday by Kay Bailey Hutchinson, the US ambassador to NATO.

She warned that unless Russia complies with the treaty, the U.S. will be looking at ways to “take out” the system. America, she said, doesn’t want to violate the treaty but Russia could force its hand. She later said she wasn’t talking about preemptively striking Russia, but making the point that Moscow needs to adhere to the treaty. The US first accused Russia early last year of deliberately deploying a land-based cruise missile in order to pose a threat to NATO.