US warns Moscow of concern at cruise missile test
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has raised concerns with Moscow over a reported Russian test of a cruise missile and is evaluating whether it breaks a 1987 treaty, a US official said Thursday.
Washington has raised “the possibility of... a violation,” State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said, amid reports that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile.
The New York Times said Thursday that Moscow had begun testing the new missile as early as 2008, and that the State Department’s senior arms control official Rose Gottemoeller had repeatedly raised the issue with Moscow since May.
Ms Psaki said she could not refute the details of the Times report, and there was an ongoing interagency review to determine whether the Russians had violated the terms of a US-Russian arms control pact.