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US deploys missiles prohibited by INF treaty in Poland and Romania

Summary of Disinformation

At military bases in Romania and Poland the US is deploying systems that are capable of launching Tomahawk-type cruise missiles, prohibited by the INF agreement.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that blames the US for the demise of the INF treaty because of its noncompliance with the Treaty in several areas.

In reality, Russia bears primary responsibility for the end of the INF because it produced, tested and deployed the 9M729 missile which violates the treaty.

The MK-41 launcher used at the Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defence system deployed in Romania, and to be deployed also in Poland, is only capable of launching defensive interceptor missiles. The Aegis Ashore system lacks the software, fire control hardware, support equipment, and other infrastructure needed to launch offensive ballistic or cruise missiles such as the Tomahawk. The Aegis Ashore system has never been tested for, nor is it capable of, launching a Tomahawk cruise missile, and therefore complies with the INF Treaty.

For a similar case see here, all cases about the INF Treaty can be found here.

 

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Reported in: Issue 160
Date: 02.08.2019
Language: Italian
Country: US, Poland, Romania
Keywords: INF Treaty, NATO
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Italia
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