WASHINGTON — A U.S. intelligence official says Russia “probably” is not adhering to a moratorium on nuclear weapons testing.
The statement was made Wednesday by the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley.
The Pentagon plans to begin flight tests this year of two types of missiles that have been banned for more than 30 years by a treaty from which both the United States and Russia are expected to withdraw in August, defense officials said Wednesday.
Speaking at the Hudson Institute, Ashley said Russia's nuclear activities would help it improve its weapons capabilities. He said the United States, by contrast, has foregone such benefits by adhering to a testing moratorium.
More broadly, Ashley asserted that Russian actions have “strained” key pillars of a network of international arms control agreements, including the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Open Skies Treaty.