Ashton Carter

According to Pentagon Chief, United States must demonstrate commitment to action in case of breach of agreement by Moscow.

When asked by the members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services about situation with implementation of a Treaty on short- and intermediate-range missiles by Moscow, Carter stated that revealing violations may force the USA “to take steps in three areas – offensive defense, deterrence and counteraction”, i.e. creation of similar missile systems. Secretary of Defense stated that he is planning to explore the possibilities the U.S. has in this area, but refused to set out details at the public hearings

According to Carter, Washington must show that it will act if Moscow violates an agreement. “Treaty on short- and intermediate-range missiles is a two-way street,” – Carter underlined when performing before the members of Congress. However, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) of the United States Armed Forces General Martin Dempsey, who took part in the hearings, noted that Washington intends to follow an agreement.

Over the last months Russia and United States accuse each other of violation of provisions of the Treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles, suspecting one another for development and preparation for deployment of prohibited systems.

In accordance of the Treaty, deployment of ground launchers for cruise and ballistic missiles with range between 500 and 5,500 km is forbidden. Deployment of sea-launched and air-launched cruise missiles within this range is authorized.

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