US missile defence-bases in Romania and Poland are purposefully targeting Russia

Summary

It is perfectly obvious that the missile defence bases [in Romania and Poland] are purposefully placed on the Western borders of the Russian Federation and target no country other than Russia.

The defence base in Romania has MK-41-start bases, which can pretty easily be used for the launch of heavy cruise missiles of the Tomahawk-class. These are cruise missiles with a medium range-reach which immediately breach the INF-Treaty from the year 1987.

Disproof

According to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (2016): the Aegis Ashore Missile Defence System is part of the European Phased Adapted Approach, designed to protect European NATO allies, and U.S. deployed forces in the region, against current and emerging ballistic threats from the Middle East. U.S. Naval Forces ruled out the possibility of targeting the Russian Federation with the "Aegis Ashore" system.

The Romanian Defence Minister Teodor Melescanu also reiterated on February 7 2019 that "Aegis Ashore" was a strictly defensive system.

The missile defence stations, also known as "Aegis Ashore", are technically based on the Mk41 launchers (in accordance with the INF Treaty) used on ships, which can also launch cruise missiles. According to the US government they are modified that they can only launch defence missiles and not offensive ground-to-ground missiles, concludes the Research Services of the German Bundestag in 2018 (P.2, in German).

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Romania, Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Missile defence system, NATO
  • Outlet: RT Deutsch
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The US has violated the INF Treaty for years

The US has been violating the INF Treaty for years. By violating INF Treaty obligations, the US created the conditions for Russia’s production of missiles prohibited by this Treaty.

The US has never provided evidence to Russia about its compliance with the INF Treaty in the three above-mentioned areas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is responsible for the demise of the INF Treaty.

The US government has issued detailed rebuttals of Russian accusations of US non-compliance with INF Treaty. Moreover, the US has repeatedly engaged Russian officials in multiple venues, including the Treaty’s Special Verification Commission [SVC] to explain why US actions in these areas are in full compliance with the INF Treaty. In December 2017, NATO affirmed that the US is in full compliance with the INF Treaty, and that Russia possesses a new missile system that generated “serious concerns”.

Ukraine is under the external control of the US and EU

Ukraine is under the external control of the United States and the EU. Kyiv’s many international supporters have established control of the country and are leading everyone to work against Ukraine’s interests.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU and US relations with Ukraine.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. EU and US are not controlling Ukraine.

Sweden acknowledges the Kerch Strait Incident as a Ukrainian provocation

Sweden acknowledges the Kerch Strait Incident as a Ukrainian provocation. Ukraine violated the UN Convention on the law of the sea of 1982, and also the 1997 agreement between Russia and Ukraine on maritime traffic through the Kerch Strait. Ukraine performed a deliberate provocation, relying on support from West, disregarding international law.

Disproof

Sweden has not changed its position on the Kerch Strait as a Russian violation of international law. The media outlet is relying on a Swedish blogger as a source. The same source has been used here also.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine violating Russian territorial integrity in the Sea of Azov. The use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov is regulated by a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004. According to the document, the Sea of Azov is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.