Russia Says U.S. Military Lied about Its Missiles and Plans to Put New Ones Near Border

July 12, 2019


A senior Russian general accused the U.S. military of deceiving Moscow about the intentions of missile positions across tense borders in Eastern Europe and of possibly planning to deploy new longer-range weapons in the region.

Major General Andrei Sterlin, head of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian military’s general staff, told Moscow’s lower house of parliament Thursday that the U.S. may have accelerated preparations to place medium or intermediate-range missiles in Romania after both countries suspended their commitments to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The deal banned land-based weapons ranging between 310 and 3,420 miles.

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