Russia’s violation of a nuclear treaty is a direct threat to Europe’s security

Russia has been systematically undermining the security arrangements that peacefully ended the Cold War. This puts Europe in danger

Russia is once again placing Europe in the shadow of a potential nuclear conflict. Last week in testimony before Congress, US military officials confirmed that Russia has taken another step in shredding Europe’s security defenses by covertly deploying a land-based cruise missile capable of targeting the continent with nuclear weapons. Russia’s deployment of this system is in direct violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty – and endangers America’s closest allies.

Since World War II, Americans have increasingly come to understand that our security is directly tied to a stable and secure Europe. The greatest threat to Europe’s security today is Russia, which under President Putin’s leadership has been systematically undermining all of the security arrangements that peacefully ended the Cold War.

The cruise missile system Russia has deployed is particularly dangerous and destabilizing. It allows Russia to rapidly target Europe with nuclear forces, providing NATO with almost no warning time to determine if an attack is occurring.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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