The United States is vowing to stop Russia from gaining military advantage through violations of a treaty on intermediate nuclear missiles.
It’s accusing Moscow of “playing with fire” with its nuclear saber-rattling.
Reuters cites US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work as saying Moscow’s effort to use its nuclear forces to intimidate its neighbors has failed and brought NATO allies closer.
Work told lawmakers modernizing and maintaining US nuclear forces in the coming years will take up 7 percent of the defense budget, up from the current 3-4 percent.
He warned other programs could be squeezed unless additional funding is approved.
Work said Russia continues to violate the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty, which bans ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (315 to 3,450 miles).
Pentagon is working on options for President Barack Obama to respond to the treaty violations including stopping Russia from “gaining significant military advantage” through those violations.
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