Just a couple of days ago, in my piece "U.S. missiles beyond INF Treaty already getting on Russia's nerves" I pointed out that the U.S., while withdrawing from the Treaty, from the moment of announcing the move to the actual exit, relied on its capabilities to create weapons that would oppose the Russian 9M729 missile. And the fact that the U.S. test launched its first new missile literally two weeks after withdrawing from the INF Treaty doesn't mean that the U.S. has always had this missile in stock. Instead, this indicates that, once the decision was made, works on the old, but still very important, project were renewed, and it took Americans less than six months to get to the point of the first test launch.
Of course, this factor sparked anxiety in the Kremlin, so Moscow convened the UN Security Council, relying on China's support. However, during yesterday’s meeting in New York, the Russian side was literally smashed and smeared in their own feces, as they were reminded that Russia, itself, has long had missiles violating the INF Treaty, deployed in Europe. This statement meant the deployment in Russia's Kaliningrad exclave of Iskander tactical missile complex with the land modification of the Kalibr cruuse missiles installed.( Collapse )