Tom Cotton Rips Moscow on Report on Deploying New Missile

Then, in July 2014, President Obama wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin accusing Russian Federation of violating the 1987 treaty on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces. Today, eager to hype "new" Russian efforts, even if they're nearly a decade old, the New York Times declared these same 2008 missiles a violation of the "landmark arms control treaty".

According to a report in the New York Times published Tuesday, Russia has secretly deployed a cruise missile, violating at 1987 treaty with the United States.

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The USS Porter, a destroyer, was operating in the Black Sea when it was approached three times by Russian aircraft, including one IL-38 and two SU-24s.

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The Russian government later denied this accusation stating that they have not violated the INF treaty. However, Russian lawmakers have told Russian news outlets it won't.

It is the first such move by Russian military under Trump's presidency.

His remarks in Brussels came before chairing the first meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The previous US administration of President Barack Obama had protested in an attempt to persuade Moscow to correct the violation while the missile was still in the testing phase, the Trump administration official said.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday afternoon that Trump had been reviewing and evaluating allegations against Michael Flynn for weeks.

Trump himself, though, repeatedly praised Putin on the campaign trail as well as since being elected, while offering few if any criticisms. The New York Times did not specify where the other battalion was located.

"If true, Russia's deployment of an illegal ground-launched cruise missile represents a very troubling development and should be roundly condemned", Tierney said.

"And if the last administration showed us anything, it's that ignoring these kinds of provocations simply means they will proliferate", Cotton said.

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In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump attacked media reports that usa agencies intercepted phone calls past year between Russian intelligence officials and members of his presidential campaign team.