Russia "Secretly" Deploys Banned Cruise Missile In "Latest Challenge To Trump"

Tyler Durden's picture

First a spy ship off the US East Coast, now a banned missile.

According to the NYT, Russia has (not so) "secretly" deployed a new ground-launched intermediate-range cruise missile in violation of a 1987 treaty with the US which helped end the Cold War, despite complaints from American officials.

Reportedly, the move presents a "major challenge for President Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with President Vladimir Putin" and comes at a very sensitive time for Trump, currently reeling to stabilize the fallout from Flynn's departure over his communication with Russia. The new Russian missile deployment also comes as the Trump administration is struggling to fill key policy positions at the State Department and the Pentagon — and to settle on a permanent replacement for Michael Flynn.

Russia's Ground-launched cruise missile

The ground-launched cruise missile at the center of American concerns is one that the Obama administration said in 2014 had been tested in violation of a 1987 treaty that bans American and Russian intermediate-range missiles based on land.

Back in 2014, a State Department annual report on international compliance with arms control agreements said that “the United States has determined that the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the I.N.F. treaty not to possess, produce or flight test a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) with a range capability of 500 kilometers to 5,500 kilometers or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles."

As the NYT adds, the Obama administration had sought to persuade the Russians to correct the violation while the missile was still in the test phase. Instead, the Russians have moved ahead with the system, deploying a fully operational unit.

Administration officials said the Russians now have two battalions of the prohibited cruise missile. One is still located at Russia’s missile test site at Kapustin Yar in the country’s southeast.


The other was shifted in December from that test site to an operational base elsewhere in the country, according to a senior official who did not provide further details and requested anonymity to discuss recent intelligence reports about the missile.

In light of this news, the NYT predicts that it is unlikely that the Senate would agree to ratify a new strategic arms control accord unless the alleged violation of the intermediate-range treaty is corrected. Trump has said the United States should “strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.” But at the same time, he has talked of reaching a new arms agreement with Moscow that would reduce arms “very substantially.”

Before he left his post last year as the NATO commander and retired from the military, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove warned that deployment of the cruise missile would be a militarily significant development that “can’t go unanswered.”

Additionally, the deployment of the missile - which may well be defensive in light of the recent build up of NATO forces on Russia's borders - could also "increase the military threat to NATO nations, which potentially would be one of the principal targets", and lead to an even bigger build up of NATO forces around Russia, and so on.

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buzzsaw99's picture

fuck the failing nyt and their fake news.

nuubee's picture

Why let the media set the table? They failed to predict his own election.

Il Dottore's picture
Il Dottore (not verified) nuubee Feb 14, 2017 1:14 PM

We are seeing a massive Russophobic Anti Trump attack... right here, right now. Even greater than during elections.

Dear gentlemen, I see a Coup d'Etat in America, grab your popcorn

gatorengineer's picture

Just wondering would WW3 have started yet under hitlery?

Joe Davola's picture

Well, she'd have to finish rounding up all the deplorables first.

Manthong's picture

How dare they!

After all, we kept our promise not to move NATO into Eastern Europe and up to their very borders.

Oh, wait…


And this is only a problem for Trump if some moron in the Pentagon or NATO gives them a reason to launch.

In that case, the best response for Trump is to bomb the Pentagon or NATO.


F**k the MSM eight ways to Sunday!


Latina Lover's picture

More NYT-BS fake news.  Sources??

froze25's picture

Part of that treaty was to not expand NATO into the former USSR states. We did.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Treaties are for losers. - Joe Stalin

HowdyDoody's picture

But Trump is Putin's stooge, so why would he need to do this?

king leon's picture

It's time to stop fucking about. Because of all the US violations, Russia should just rip up the fucking Treaty and station a Russian missile shield in Iran accompanied by retaliatory ICBMs and notify the pentagon that the ball is now in their court.

silverer's picture

You forgot Cuba. Put Russian bases back in Cuba. That evens the playing field. In fact, it STILL would have the US closer to Russia's borders.

11b40's picture

Or maybe the Russians could start spreading around billions in cash in Mexico City to whip up a revolution on our borders like we did in Kiev.

BigJim's picture

Why do you think Obama started making overtures to Cuba just as the Russophobia started going full retard?

silverer's picture

The US regularly breaks and violates international treaties. The Donald Cole was not supposed to be in the Black Sea when the Russian flew that Flanker around it. And they were not too far from the Russian naval base in the Crimea. That's like poking. In fact, when you are violating a treaty, it IS poking. Not Trump on that one. But Obama caught no flak from the NY Crimes on that incident. Instead, they tried to make Russia look like the aggressor. As usual.

brianshell's picture

More leaks. We are getting to the point that all negotiations and diplomacy is done with leaks. Maybe that is why Trumps Tweets are so successful. Why not just come out and tell the truth. Oh wait, the MSM isn't in the business of truth.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

The failing New York Times is once again spewing fake news. This time they're using lies of omission and ignoring the Russian view.


chubbar's picture

Maybe if the US withdrew it's combat troops and equipment off of the Russian border the Russians might be a little more reasonable in deploying missiles? Ya think the fuckers at the NYT's mentioned THAT in their hit piece? Assholes.

mkkby's picture

Russia disavowed the treaty in 2007, so nothing new. Bush and the kenyan nigger have been dealing with this for 10 years. Yet, suddenly the failing fake-news NYT makes it an issue.

Anything to push the war with Russia narrative. I hope Trump just says fuck you to Nato and pull US troops. They belong on the southern border keeping out the real threat to america. Not defending european assholes who hate us.

44magnum's picture

Shit, theres another side to that story! Who'da thunk it?

nidaar's picture

It's not difficult to guess the other batallion is deployed to the Kaliningrad Oblast. All those eastern Earopean nations being armed by western powers have made themselves targets. Idiotic...

zeroboris's picture

These babies can hit the Tower of London directly from Kremlin.

BarkingCat's picture

That is probably the last place where it is.

It would be extremely foolish of the Russians to put it into such a small area that will become a major target if war breaks out.

These have enough range that there are much better locations for them.

Billy the Poet's picture

If Putin owns Trump as the Democrats insist then he would simply give Trump orders rather than challenge him.

pods's picture

I can see why Russia would want a medium range missile, with NATO banging the war drums on her doorstep.

They might have broken a treaty, but NATO has certainly broken the appearance of goodwill towards Russia.  So, tit for tat.

I would bet that Russia would say exactly this when questioned about their breaking this "treaty."

(Treaty is in quotes because the US has broken almost all of the treaties that she has signed throughout history)


booboo's picture

ask the american indian what a United States treaty is worth

Billy the Poet's picture

Silly Indians. Always living on top of the best place for white folks to build a dam or a pipeline.

logicalman's picture

Kinda like those Ayrabs sitting on top of all that US oil.

44magnum's picture

There has to be at least one or two treaties that the US must have kept with someone, something. We keep all are treaties with Israel.

Laddie's picture

It is funny to see Hillary compared to Hitler!!!!
But you are correct in essence the war against Russia and Syria would have been STEPPED up quite a bit already if the Hyena had won.

What troubles me is the moving of American forces near the border of Russia. Putin has been VERY restrained, VERY careful, and yet the provocation by the US increases. President Trump ought to lay the law down to CEASE and DESIST.

"The Jews tried to kill the principles of all religions with the same mentality in which they betrayed Jesus Christ and the same way they tried to betray and kill the Prophet Muhammad."
Bashar al-Assad
"The disappearance of the Jews", The Economist (May 10, 2001)

Assad Hosts Massive Christmas Celebration in Liberated Aleppo

Assad interview CNN

President Bashar al-Assad on "US Travel Ban" - 9 February 2017
Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff traveled to Syria for an exclusive sitdown with President Bashar Assad, his first interview since the inauguration of Donald Trump. During the 35-minute interview, Assad tells Isikoff that some of the 4.8 million refugees from Syria’s civil war are “definitely” aligned with terrorists, adding “you don't need significant number to commit atrocities.” Speaking at a presidential office in Damascus, Assad also says President Trump’s controversial executive order barring refugees from entering the United States is “an American issue.”

‘Putin and Assad saved my life’
February 10, 2017
Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) has been a witness to the “civil war” in Syria, but he says Western reports on the conflict in Syria are completely misleading: “The Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country.”

Ghost of Porky's picture

Carlos Slim: "Let's you and him fight!"

Joe Davola's picture

So, for 3 years we knew they had it.  That's a helluva long time for Rocky Kerry to hold his breath and demand they take a few billion from us, before actually deploying it.

BullyBearish's picture

Oh yeah...make sure you continue to HATE the Samaritans...

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

With articles like this showng up at this website among others of late, I'm starting to think there's been a coup d'etat at ZH.

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YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) buzzsaw99 Feb 14, 2017 1:11 PM

In other news:


"According to the NY Times" ~ Comet Pizza just received a 3rd Michelin Star

TheFederalistPapers's picture

Just spit coffee all over my keyboard...

peddling-fiction's picture

How many cruise missiles have the U.S. deployed with real people on the receiving end?


I woke up's picture

MIC wants war with Russia, using everything in their toolbox to get people on board

shivura's picture

nyt is actually pretty great...if you don't want to read about trump don't. read about what's going on with nigeria's war on boko haram. oh yeah, you don't give a fuck, you only care about your stuff. that's why you hate things that don't pertain to you. that's why people lash out against msm or nyt...they do not give a fuck about the rights of a one-armed tunisian with s green card...these kind of people are FAILING at being human, sorry your dad was an alcoholic

Mr.BlingBling's picture


If the NYT lies about Trump and Russia, fomenting war, then they have forfeited all credibility.

Why on earth would we want to read a NON-CREDIBLE warmongering source about any other topic? Especially a topic like boko haram that has the potential to end up in an American intervention?

Enjoy your NYT kool-aid, sucker.

shivura's picture

i totally agree...but what if they are not lying, do you even consider that for one second or is every one of their news stories fake.

FFS we are all drinking gray kook-aid, grow some balls and admit it.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"but what if they are not lying, do you even consider that for one second or is every one of their news stories fake."

That is the classic false dichotomy. Of course  there is often something resembling news in the NYT.  

But I think just above you said "nyt is actually pretty great."

That is alot different than "not all there stories are lies"

After the false dichotomy, you then proceed to ad hominem

" grow some balls and admit it"

But my main question is "why so emotional over someone dissing on NYT?" I dont get it. When they call ZH fake news, I dont get my panties in a wad.

Makes me giggle.


shivura's picture

i'm so emotional about the times bc i'm emotional about freedom of press and their being actual investigation and reporting (backed by money) behind stories. if it were up to djt (and a lot of this site's readers) nyt and msm would be outlawed leading to a bunch of zh/breitbart/huffpo all with considerable slant and no investigation...which i believe is what is going on in russia and under other dictators... if one doesn't feel that is threatening one is prob white and nihilistic which is something i think a lot of people on this are, except they don't have the balls or intelligence to admit the latter.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Reminiscent of the rhetoric speaking parrot Psaki.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Have you ever read in the NYT that the action we all saw in the Maidan, from Thanksgiving 2013

to February 22, 2014, when 250,000 Ukrainians changed a government of 45,000,000 citizens,

was A COUP D'ETAT.   One of the major news story of our lives is given an

absence of objectivity by the NYT.



shivura's picture

nice use of bold. do you are saying less than 10% of the country wanted to return to the 2004 constitution? go kill me you pro-russia hack..and please don't ever be bold again, especially in your life, you will drive people that might like you a tiny bit further away.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


do you are saying less than 10% of the country wanted to return to the 2004 constitution?

No, khokhol, he is saying less than 1% of the country wanted to return to the 2004 constitution. I understand, in answer to specific numbers to blurt out something unintelligible and merge is very Ukrainian.

go kill me you pro-russia hack..

Fierce hobbit in lacy underwears!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Attention Peter Baker, whiny self-important pansy and Chief White House Correspondent for the NY Times: your ZH alias shivura has been discovered.

Again, the cry of your anal pain is heard.

shivura's picture

i actually enjoy man man anal...does that discredit me in some way? what happened to the fucking libertarians on zh? this site is full of people who want to believe bullshit because their lives are miserable, grow some balls and admit it.