2 Oct 2019 21:28

U.S. still lacks technology to deploy shorter-range, intermediate-range missiles - Huntsman

MOSCOW. Oct 2 (Interfax) - The United States, unlike Russia, lacks technology for deploying shorter-range and intermediate-range missiles, outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman said.

Commenting on recent U.S. tests, the ambassador said in an interview with Kommersant that the U.S. so far does not possess the necessary technology. He said that if the Pentagon were set to buy and deploy these missiles right now, it could not have done so. Huntsman added that Russia had already possessed shorter-range and intermediate-range missiles, and they had been deployed.

As to the issue of inspections, Huntsman said that this issue could be discussed by the U.S. and Russia as part of the arms control talks.

At the same time, the American diplomat said that one should not hope for Washington to discuss a moratorium on the deployment of shorter-range and intermediate-range missiles proposed by Moscow.