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US to start deploying long-range missiles in Germany in 2026

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul11,2024

The United States will begin deploying long-range missiles in Germany in 2026

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In 2026, the United States will begin deploying long-range weapons in Germany to demonstrate its commitment to strengthening NATO and ensuring European defense. This was reported in a joint statement of the two countries published on Wednesday, July 10, reports Reuters.

According to representatives of Berlin and Washington, the “sporadic deployment” carried out by the United States is preparation for the long-term deployment of a number of weapons , including SM-6 missiles, Tomahawk cruise missiles and hypersonic weapons currently in development that have a longer range than current capabilities in Europe.

Ground-launched missiles with a range exceeding 500 kilometers were banned until 2019 under the Treaty on Intermediate-Range Missiles (INF) signed in 1987 by then-US President Ronald Reagan and the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.

This agreement marked the first time two superpowers agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals and eliminate an entire category of weapons.

In 2019, the United States withdrew from the treaty, saying that Moscow was violating it. At the same time, Washington pointed to Russia's development of the 9M729 ground-launched cruise missile, known in NATO as the SSC-8.

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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