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Old 06-25-2019, 08:35 AM
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'We will respond': NATO warns Russia to destroy a new nuclear missile or face consequences after the Kremlin warned of repeat of Cuban crisis and sent warship to Havana
By: ROSS IBBETSON FOR MAILONLINE & Daily Mail UK - 6-25-19
RE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...an-crisis.html

1 - NATO has warned Russia to destroy its nuclear missile in breach of 1987 treaty
2 - Washington and Kremlin are involved in face-off over the new nuclear system
3 - NATO said today, 'We will need to respond,' unless Russia disarm the weapon
4 - On Monday, the Russian navy arrived at Havana with echoes of the missile crisis

NATO has warned Russia to destroy a new nuclear missile or face the consequences after the Kremlin warned of a repeat of the Cuban crisis and sent a ship to Havana.

Allied defence ministers issued the stark warning to the Kremlin today amid a Moscow face-off with Washington over a treaty keeping land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe.

The U.S. has said they will pull out of the Reagan-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) unless Russia destroys its nuclear-capable cruise missile system.

On Monday, the Kremlin warned of a Cuban Missile Crisis-style confrontation as one of its frigates arrived in Havana.

Moscow has warned the Americans against deploying land-based missiles on its border and are seeking to show strength in deploying the highly advanced warship.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov threatened an escalation 'to the hilt' if the weapons systems remain in place.

Ryabkov said: 'If it really comes to deploying such systems on land, the situation will not just become complicated, it will escalate up to the hilt.'

NATO defence ministers will discuss on Wednesday their next steps if Moscow keeps the missile system in breach of the INF.

'We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so,' Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference.

'We will need to respond,' Stoltenberg said.

He declined to go into more details. But diplomats said defence ministers will consider more flights over Europe by U.S. warplanes capable of carrying nuclear warheads, more military training and the re-positioning U.S. sea-based missiles.

The United States and its NATO allies want Russia to destroy its 9M729/SSC-8 nuclear-capable cruise missile system, which Moscow has so far refused to do.

It denies any violations of the INF treaty, accusing Washington of seeking an arms race.

Without a deal, the United States has said it will withdraw from the INF treaty on August 2, removing constraints on its own ability to develop nuclear-capable, medium-range missiles.

1st - Photo link: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/06...1472389161.jpg
The Russian Navy's Admiral Gorshkov's frigate arrived at Havana's port on Monday

2nd - Photo link: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/01...8953990233.jpg
The Russian Novatar 9M729 ground-based cruise missile system is accused by the U.S. of breaching the INF treaty which Russia denies

The dispute has deepened a fissure in East-West ties that severely deteriorated after Russia's seizure of Crimea and its involvement in Syria.

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters that at present, Washington was only considering conventional, not nuclear weapons, in any possible response.

'All options are on the table but we are looking at conventional systems, that's important for our European allies to know,' she said.

European allies are also worried about the deployment of U.S. nuclear missiles in Europe, as happened in the 1980s, and being caught up in nuclear competition between Moscow and Washington.

The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the U.S. Senate, eliminated the medium-range missile arsenals of the world's two biggest nuclear powers and reduced their ability to launch a nuclear strike at short notice.

The treaty bans land-based missiles with a range between 300 and 3,400 miles.

3rd photo link (not in Cuba that we know of): https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/06...1473100499.jpg
Deadly load: A quasi-ballistic missile being loaded into an Iskander-M system by Russian troops at a firing range

US activity in Eastern Europe has increased in recent months, with the threat of military bases springing up in the region.

Last week the Pentagon approved $250 million in military aid to Ukraine, which is still at war with Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country over the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

The Department of Defense said the support would include sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, counter-artillery radars, electronic warfare detection systems, night vision and military medical supplies.

Earlier this month President Trump said he would divert 1,000 more US troops of the 52,000 based in Germany to Poland, but stopped short of committing to a new American base in the country.

In February the US gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the INF, setting the stage for it to terminate in six months unless Moscow returns to compliance. Russia has denied any breaches, and accused the US of violating the pact.

President Vladimir Putin then suspended Russia's obligations under the terms of the INF treaty and said hold would remain in place 'until the US ends its violations of the treaty or until it terminates'.

The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a US missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

Fidel Castro allowed the Soviet Union to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba after America's failed attempt to overthrow him, meaning Russia could target nearly every US city before any retaliatory strikes could be launched.
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(History) How the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear armageddon in 1962
RE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...an-crisis.html

The Cuban missile crisis brought the world as close as it has ever been to nuclear war in October 1962.

After America's failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro, the Cuban strongman allowed the Soviet Union to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba - putting the warheads in easy striking distance of most of the US.

If Russia chose, it could launch the missiles at the US before Washington had a chance to retaliate.

Photo link: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/02...0767264724.jpg
Nikita Khrushchev and John F Kennedy during a historic meeting a year before the Cuban Missile Crisis broke out

America had already deployed ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey - putting them within easy striking distance of Moscow.

President John F Kennedy informed Americans during a television broadcast on October 22, 1962, that the Soviets had placed missiles on Cuba and that in retalation, the US would erect a blockade around the island to force Castro and Khrushchev to remove to missiles.

He announced America would be willing to use military force if necessary to deter what was seen as a threat to national security - and the world waited with baited breathe.

On October 24, 1962, another key moment came when Soviet ships heading for Cuba neared the line of U.S. vessels enforcing the blockade. An attempt to breach the blockade would most likely have resulted in a military stand-off, but Soviet ships backed down.

Another Photo link: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/06...1379468031.jpg
A U.S. invasion forces readied itself for an invasion of Cuba but were eventually stood down. Kennedy (pictured) showed restraint by not attacking the Soviets or Cubans

A flashpoint which could have triggered all-out war was when an American reconnaissance plane was shot down on October 27, 1962.

A U.S. invasion forces readied itself for an invasion of Cuba but were eventually stood down. The 35-year-old pilot of the downed plane, Major Rudolf Anderson, is considered the sole U.S. combat casualty of the Cuban missile crisis.

Throughout the tense stand-off, Khrushchev and Kennedy were in contact to try to avoid any military escalation between the two superpowers. On October 26, 1962, Khrushchev sent a message to Kennedy in which he offered to remove the Cuban missiles in exchange for a promise by U.S. leaders not to invade Cuba.

The following day, Khrushchev sent a letter proposing that the USSR would dismantle its missiles in Cuba if the Americans removed their missile installations in Turkey.

Secret negotiations between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and JFK and between his brother Robert Kennedy, the Attorney General, and Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin led to a deal. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara said after the incident it would be the 'last Saturday he would ever see' as tensions continued to escalate.

The Soviets agreed to withdraw their missiles in return for America pledging not to invade Cuba. The US also secretly promised to remove obsolete missiles from Turkey. Both sides claimed victory as a way of putting a positive PR spin on the crisis.

Another photo link: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/06...1379468032.jpg
Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro enjoys a steak dinner while holding an impromptu press conference at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem during his visit to New York on September 23, 1960

Video link: Kennedy announces movement to Cuba being restricted:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-4086933518001
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