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US official: Russia deployed missile in violation of treaty
ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press
Russia secretly deploys banned cruise missile: NYT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of a Cold War-era arms control treaty,
a Trump administration official said Tuesday, a development that complicates the outlook for U.S.-Russia relations
amid turmoil on the White House national security team.
The Obama administration three years ago accused the Russians of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear
Forces Treaty by developing and testing the prohibited cruise missile, and officials had anticipated that Moscow
eventually would deploy it. Russia denies that it has violated the INF treaty.
U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that the missile became operational late last year, said an administration
official, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the matter and demanded anonymity.
The deployment may not immediately change the security picture in Europe, but the alleged treaty violation may
arise when Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attends his first NATO meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. It also has stirred
concern on Capitol Hill, where Sen. John McCain, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, called on the Trump
administration to ensure U.S. nuclear forces in Europe are ready.
"Russia's deployment of nuclear-tipped ground-launched cruise missiles in violation of the INF treaty is a significant
military threat to U.S. forces in Europe and our NATO allies," McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement Tuesday. He said
Russian President Vladimir Putin was "testing" Trump.
Trump's White House is in a difficult moment, with no national security adviser following the forced resignation Monday
night of Michael Flynn. He is accused of misleading Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with a Russian diplomat while
President Barack Obama was still in office.
Meanwhile, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday that a Russian intelligence-collection ship has been operating off
the U.S. East Coast, in international waters. The official was not authorized to discuss an intelligence matter and
so spoke on condition of anonymity. The ship had made a port call in Cuba prior to moving north, where it has been
monitored off the coast of Delaware, the official said.
The New York Times, which was first to report the missile deployment, said the Russians have two battalions of the
prohibited cruise missile. One is at a missile test site at Kapustin Yar and one was moved in December from the test
site to an operational base elsewhere in the country.
The State Department wouldn't confirm the report. It noted that last year it reported Russia was in violation of its
treaty obligations not to possess, produce or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of between
500 and 5,500 kilometers, or to possess or produce launchers for such missiles.
"The administration is undertaking an extensive review of Russia's ongoing INF treaty violation in order to assess the
potential security implications for the United States and its allies and partners," State Department spokesman Mark
John Tierney, executive director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said strategic stability on the European
continent is at stake.
"If true, Russia's deployment of an illegal ground-launched cruise missile represents a very troubling development and
should be roundly condemned," Tierney said.
Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, sees little reason for the U.S. to continue adhering to the INF treaty, in light of
Russia's violations. He has recommended building up U.S. nuclear forces in Europe, which currently include about 200 bombs
that can be delivered by aircraft. The U.S. withdrew land-based nuclear-armed missiles from Europe as part of the INF deal.
The treaty has special significance in the recent history of arms control agreements. Signed in December 1987 by
President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, it has been credited with helping accelerate an end to the
Cold War and lessening the danger of nuclear confrontation. It stands as the only arms treaty to eliminate an entire class
of U.S. and Russian weapons — nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles of intermediate range.
The Obama administration had argued for maintaining U.S. compliance with the treaty while urging the Russians to halt
violations. At the same time, the Pentagon developed options to counter Russian cruise missile moves, some of which would
have involved bold military action.
At his Senate confirmation hearing in February 2014, Ash Carter, who headed the Pentagon until last month, said disregard
for treaty limitations was a "two-way street," opening the way for the U.S. to respond in kind. He called Russia's violations
consistent with its "strategy of relying on nuclear weapons to offset U.S. and NATO conventional superiority."
President Trump requested Michael Flynn’s resignation after a weeks long review of his contacts with a Russian diplomat
led Trump to conclude he could no longer trust his national security adviser, the White House said Tuesday. But the internal
investigation, led by Trump’s government lawyer, found that Flynn hadn’t violated the law.
“The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable instances is what led
the president to ask for Gen. Flynn’s resignation,” press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.
Spicer did not detail the nature of the “other questionable instances,” but officials pointed to news accounts of Flynn’s
temper and of National Security Council dysfunction. And one career national security official told Yahoo News that Flynn
had clashed last week with Defense Secretary James Mattis, whose judgment is known to carry great weight with Trump.
Trump removed Flynn ostensibly over a controversy involving contacts between the retired Army lieutenant general
and a Russian diplomat during the transition. Apparently on Flynn’s say-so, top officials including Vice President Mike
Pence and Spicer denied that the conversations touched on the question of U.S. sanctions imposed under the Obama
administration in response to allegations that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election. Flynn at first expressed confidence
that the sanctions didn’t come up, then later allowed that they might have. A bombshell Washington Post report on Friday
disclosed that U.S. intelligence officials possessed transcripts of the calls that contradicted Flynn. Pence press secretary Marc
Lotter said Pence “became aware” that Flynn misled him “based on news reports” on Feb. 9.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington. (Photo: Kevin
Lamarque/Reuters)White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters).
“There is nothing the general did that was a violation of any sort. He was well within his duties to discuss issues of
common concern between the two countries,” Spicer said.
National security experts broadly agree that the 1799 Logan Act, which criminalizes unauthorized diplomatic overtures
by nongovernment officials, won’t be invoked — only one indictment has occurred under the law, in 1803. But they note
that Flynn’s overtures could violate the unwritten principle of “one president at a time,” which reserves foreign policymaking
to the sitting president.
Spicer said Trump “was not aware” of the content of Flynn’s contacts with the Russian diplomat and denied that the president
-elect had instructed his aide to discuss the sanctions. The press secretary also reaffirmed Trump’s denial that top aides had
been in touch with the Russian government during the campaign.
The FBI has been looking into whether erstwhile top Trump advisers Carter Page, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone had
improper contacts with Russian officials during the election cycle.
After Pence’s public denials, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates approached White House Counsel Don McGahn on
Jan. 26 to say that the Department of Justice had information contradicting Flynn’s account, Spicer confirmed. McGahn
immediately “briefed the president and a small group of his senior advisers,” then opened an internal investigation that
“determined that there is not a legal issue, but rather a trust issue,” the spokesman said. But Spicer declined to say whether
any White House officials had read transcripts of Flynn’s calls, or whether those records would be made public.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that FBI investigators questioned Flynn in the first days of the administration
about his Russian contacts.
As the White House labored to contain the controversy, congressional Democrats and some Republicans pushed for
investigations of Trump’s relationship with Russia, and a few lawmakers said that Flynn himself should testify.
“Did Gen. Flynn do this by himself, or was he directed by somebody to do it?” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked on
CNN. “Americans have a right to know whether or not this was a Gen. Flynn rogue maneuver, or was he basically speaking
for somebody else in the White House.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that Flynn’s resignation highlights “dysfunction” in the White House and “raises further
questions” about the commander in chief’s relations with Russia.
“The irony of this entire situation is that the president has been incredibly tough on Russia,” Spicer insisted.
Trump has noticeably softened U.S. rhetoric on Moscow, frequently praised Russian President Vladimir Putin during the
campaign, and recently brushed back criticism of the former KGB chief’s authoritarian rule, saying, “There are a lot of
killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” The White House has left it to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to criticize Russia’s
annexation of Crimea. And a Jan. 31 State Department statement about renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine, home to
pro-Russia separatists armed and encouraged by Moscow, did not mention Russia.
The removal of Trump’s senior national security aide barely three weeks into his term has rattled the West Wing and
added another burden to officials already weighed down with unusually bitter infighting and the botched rollout of
major policy moves like the president’s new restrictions on travel by seven Muslim-majority nations.
Early in the day, acting National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg, Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, and
Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert convened an “all-hands” meeting of the National Security Council. The three told
rattled staffers that no one else was leaving or being asked to leave, according to two participants.
It was not clear whom Trump would name to succeed Flynn, though Spicer said the White House hopes to announce the
new national security adviser this week. Leading contenders are thought to include Kellogg, a retired general; former
Vice Adm. Bob Harward; and retired general and former CIA director David Petraeus, who resigned in disgrace after
improperly sharing classified information with a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
Conway struggles to explain why she said Flynn had Trump’s support hours before he resigned, mention to opine
on specific tax or spending proposals, I would point to the importance of improving the pace of longer-run economic
growth and raising American living standards with policies aimed at improving productivity. I would also hope that fiscal
policy changes will be consistent with putting U.S. fiscal accounts on a sustainable trajectory. In any event, it is important
to remember that fiscal policy is only one of the many factors that can influence the economic outlook and the appropriate
course of monetary policy. Overall, the FOMC’s monetary policy decisions will be directed to the attainment of its
congressionally mandated objectives of maximum employment and price stability.
Finally, the Committee has continued its policy of reinvesting proceeds from maturing Treasury securities and
principal payments from agency debt and mortgage-backed securities. This policy, by keeping the Committee’s
holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels, has helped maintain accommodative financial conditions.
Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway can't say when president, VP were told Michael Flynn misled on Russia call
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said today that she "did not know" whether the president and vice
president were made aware three weeks ago that Michael Flynn, who resigned as national security adviser on Monday
night, had misled the public and was possibly susceptible to blackmail because of his pre-inauguration conversations
with Russia's U.S. ambassador. Flynn resigned because his job had become "increasingly unsustainable," Conway said on
"Good Morning America" today, attributing the incidents that led to his resignation to forgetfulness or misleading
information. "I'm not here to say who knew what when," Conway said, after being repeatedly pressed on what Trump
and Pence knew regarding Flynn's call to the Russian ambassador before the inauguration.
Good Morning America:
Trump knew for weeks that aide was being misleading over Russia: White House
Lies upon lies about Michael Flynn: The White House’s official explanation of the scandal makes no sense
I THINK THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO ANALYZE THE DEVELOPMENTS OF BOTH RUSSIA'S MILITARY AND SPACE
DEVELOPMENTS THAT CLEARLY SEEM TO OUTPACE THOSE OF THE U.S. WHY ? 04.07.2017.
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