U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, testifies in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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The United States and its allies would have "no defense" against large numbers of ground-launched cruise missiles of the type recently deployed by Russia, a top U.S. general warned Tuesday.Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of deploying a land-based cruise missile system in contravention of a 1987 U.S.-Russia arms control deal, known as the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.General John Hyten, who heads the U.S. military's Strategic Command, told lawmakers that a single ground-launched cruise missile is not a significant threat, but the calculus changes if multiple missiles are launched.Russia says it has not violated the INF treaty, but has accused Washington of doing so itself.
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