On 2 August 2019 America withdrew from the I-R missile non-development treaty, citing Russia as in breach for the deployment of new 9M729 missiles in Turkey.
Russia announced days later their exit from the treaty stating it is what America has
been wanting. Data on the 9M729 [an advanced variant of RK55] is not easily accessible.
The original agreement of the treaty was effectively the beginning of the end of the cold war arms race between the U.S.A and the then Soviet Union.
sides have accused the other of breaches. Russia accused America of deploying missile defence launchers in Poland that were also capable of launching cruise missiles. Russia has previously pointed out that the treaty did not include naval launched [development]
missiles with america having by far the larger navy. America has been concerned with the increasingly opaque nature of Russia [on banned weapons development] under Putin, although pots and kettles can be heard clanging. Also of concern are the countries that
were formerly Soviet regions that were not individually listed in the treaty and play no part in subsequent meetings or inspections.
The upsides to the treaty were:
1. An end to the modern development of medium range missiles.
in the sense of the reduced cost and mass production of computer technology – Which would have turned expensive products and not very accurate missiles into a low cost mass producible and an accurate weapon for any country [or mad hatter dictator / regime]
2. A reduced threat to American allies and interests in the range zone. Europe, Israel and American oil interests with U.S forces within range.
3. The Soviet Union would be freer to back
off from their investment in weapons development and focus more on the reassessment of the suppression of its regions and think about a different future for the people living life under such a suppressed and austere existence. [Sadly it was too little of the
wrong thing too late as Gorbachev’s Glasnost & Perestroika signalled a weakness that released a huge wave of pent up energy that turned into a physical statement of liberation and instantly brought an end of the Soviet Union, as the people divided
by the Berlin wall smashed through it – A Russian military response would have been unthinkable given the international politics of the moment – Russia in the end plodded on under the crippled drunkard Yeltsin towards a slow emergence of something
that resembled a Russia partly of a future and partly of the past.]
4. Europe would benefit from a release of the threat of a Soviet build up of missiles and optimism and positivity replaced the doom and gloom of the cold war. As a result, with the
additional relief of a lesser need for [what would have been a huge increasing] a NATO budget, Europe bounced forward through the nineties and beyond mostly growing its single market [and therefore its economic size] and as a result [the U.S.A peace secured]
U.S. European market share opportunity.