NATO Escalates & Russia Fulminates. Stephen F. Cohen, NYU. Princeton.

May 18, 2016, 03:43 AM

05-17-2016 (Photo: ‪#NATO Secretary General Jens #Stoltenberg, center, #Romanian Premier Dacian Ciolos, center right, US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work…) Twitter: @BatchelorShow NATO Escalates & Russia Fulminates. Stephen F. Cohen, NYU, Princeton University. "President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has warned that an American antimissile deployment in Eastern Europe could prompt #Russia to withdraw from the treaty. The United States last year accused Russia of violating the treaty by failing to declare the true range of two missile types. "Last fall, Russian security officials appeared to drop hints of another military response to the missile defense system — a #nuclear-armed drone submarine. Russia, this leak appeared to say, has options. "During a high-level security meeting, a television camera zoomed in on an open binder showing the weapon’s design, ostensibly by accident. "The drone, according to easily decipherable text accompanying the design drawing, would be capable of carrying a large nuclear device into coastal waters and detonating it, touching off a radioactive tsunami to flood and contaminate seaside cities. "The submarine would “defeat important economic objects of an enemy in coastal zones, bringing guaranteed and unacceptable losses on the country’s territory by forming a wide area of radioactive contamination incompatible with conducting military, economic or any other activities there for a long period of time,” it said..."