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RUSSIAN GENERAL THREATENS TO TARGET U.S. ALLIES IF TRUMP LEAVES NUCLEAR TREATY
BY: JASON LEMON ON 12/5/18 AT 9:58 AM

Russia will retaliate if President Donald Trump leaves a Cold War-era nuclear treaty by targeting allies of the United States, a top Russian military general has warned.

Valery Gerasimov, chief of the general staff of the Armed Forces, made a presentation to foreign military attachés in Moscow on Wednesday, saying that Russia will respond if the decades-old pact is undone.

“If the INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces] treaty is destroyed, we won’t leave it without a response,” he said, The Moscow Times reported. “You as military professionals must understand that the target for Russian retaliation won’t be U.S. territory, but the countries where the intermediate-range missiles are deployed.”

Gerasimov’s warning came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday issued Russia a 60-day deadline to comply with the INF agreement, which was signed by former President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. Washington’s top diplomat warned that the U.S. would withdraw from the treaty if Moscow did not move toward compliance.

Accusing the U.S. of making Russia into a scapegoat, President Vladimir Putin said that Washington had presented “no evidence of violations,” Radio Free Europe reported. "What will be the response from our side? Very simple: We will also do this," the Russian leader told reporters Wednesday, saying that Moscow would follow Washington and withdraw from the INF deal.

The foreign ministers of NATO members also demanded that Russia return to compliance with the treaty in a Tuesday statement, standing in support of the Trump administration’s position.

“Russia's violation of the INF Treaty erodes the foundations of effective arms control and undermines Allied security. This is part of Russia's broader pattern of behaviour that is intended to weaken the overall Euro-Atlantic security architecture,” the military alliance said, arguing that the U.S. and its allies had remained in full compliance.

Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Russian Federation Council (the upper house of Moscow’s parliament) slammed the demand from the U.S. and NATO.

“This is a rude ultimatum, which the US has given just for one goal: to show the world and its allies that it’s not they who ruin this vital international security pillar, but it’s Russia,” the Russian senator wrote in a social media post, according to state-run Tass news agency.

Trump and Putin had been slated to discuss tensions over the INF agreement face-to-face during the G20 Summit in Argentina over the weekend. But the White House canceled the meeting at the last minute, citing Russia’s actions towards Ukraine after tensions escalated in the Sea of Azov.
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Russia Suspected Of Launching Secret Space Weapon Into Orbit
5 December 2018, 7:40 am EST By Allan Adamson Tech Times
RE: https://www.techtimes.com/articles/2...into-orbit.htm

Russia may have placed a new secret weapon into orbit during a scheduled rocket launch. The U.S. military fears that this mysterious object may have the ability to destroy other satellites in orbit.

Mysterious Orbital Body
A rocket that blasted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Western Russia on Nov. 30 was supposed to place three Rodnik communications satellites into orbit.

The U.S. military's Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC), however, noticed something unusual. The CSpOC expected to track the three satellites and the upper stage of the launch vehicle, or four new orbital bodies in all, at the peak of the rocket's ascent.

The CSpOC, however, found that five orbital objects left the rocket.

Inspector Satellites
It is possible that the upper stage of the rocket broke into two, or the Russians intentionally kept part of the launch a secret. If the latter is true, one of the five objects could the so-called inspector satellite.

Inspector satellites are believed to be weaponized and may have the ability to destroy other satellites in orbit by nudging them into the Earth's atmosphere.

Military officials believe that the ability to disable or destroy another country's satellite is a key national security capability and it is not the first time that Russia was suspected of launching a space weapon.

In May 2014, Russia also launched a mysterious object dubbed 2014-28E into space. The object was initially thought of as a space junk but satellite trackers observed that it performed a number of interesting maneuvers.

"Any satellite with the capability to maneuver has the potential to be a weapon," Joan Johnson-Freese, from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, commented at the time.

Eavesdropping On Military Communications
Earlier this year, French Defense Minister Florence Parly also accused Russia of sending the Louch-Olym orbiter to eavesdrop on data transmitted to and from the French-Italian military satellite Athena-Fidus, which is used for secure military communications and planning of operations.

"Trying to listen to one's neighbor is not only unfriendly. It's called an act of espionage," Parly said. "It got close. A bit too close. So close that one really could believe that it was trying to capture our communications."
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