John Isaacs: No Reason to Deploy Missiles to Europe

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON – A redeployment of ballistic missiles to Europe following a precipitous decline in relations with Russia would be an expensive, if unlikely scenario, experts told Anadolu Agency.

“We haven’t had that program for almost 30 years now,” said David Kearn, an assistant professor of foreign affairs at St. John’s University. “This would be a costly, costly program, because we haven’t built these things in a long time.”

A landmark accord brokered by Washington and Moscow in 1987 resulted in the elimination of the countries’ short and medium range ballistic and cruise missile arsenals — bringing to a close one of the greatest Cold War threats.

But Russia’s alleged testing of a new land-based cruise missile system in violation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty has prompted reports that Washington is weighing a variety of responses, including sending the munitions back to Europe in a bid to reassure its allies there of its support.

 

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