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…. [read more]