posted on Dec, 2 2009 @ 08:35 AM
Well it turns out that the US stopped producing new long range missiles some time ago, but Russia has continued to do so...
The two countries first agreed to "continuous monitoring" under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed by President Reagan and
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) there has been a constant US staffed monitoring team at the Votkinsk Machine Building Plant, about
600 miles east of Moscow -- the site where all Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are built. - Under a deal struck between the Bush
administration and the Kremlin made last year (but not made public) this monitoring is to end on Saturday... Prez Obama seems to be locked into this
decision as it was made before his administration - although he has not sought to renew or replace the agreement.
However, the head of Russia's strategic missile forces, Nikolai Solovtsov, was recently quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that the
assembly and deployment of next-generation RS-24 missiles would start once the treaty expires. Analysts said that could happen, because Moscow was not
banned from developing new missiles.
Hmmm... I wonder why this is? Was it a concession of good faith - maybe in relation to the missile shield plans? Or as a treaty works 2 ways, maybe
the US was interested from freeing it's self for other reasons, say the freedom to develop new kit away from prying Russian inspectors? (I am leaning
towards the later right now).
"When Votkinsk goes away, Russia could deploy hundreds of missiles," said one senior Republican Senate aide. "Russia is a big country with many
satellites passing overhead," so it will not be easy to count missiles based on test flights. "We are worried about what Russia will do that we are
not going to know."
Times they are a changing! - This particular arrangement has stood for 15 years...
(visit the link for the full news article)