Merkel says US-Europe ties put to test by spy claims

Merkel says US-Europe ties put to test by spy claims

The German Chancellor has said that reports of US spying are straining transatlantic relations and putting a US-EU trade deal to the test.

Angela Merkel, whose mobile phone was allegedly bugged, told a special parliamentary debate on surveillance by the US National Security Agency that all light must be shed on the matter.

“The allegations are serious. They must be investigated and more importantly, new trust has to be re-established for the future,” she told the lower house, the Bundestag.

Spying allegations are especially sensitive in Germany after the Nazi and communist eras. Merkel grew up in the former East, where spying by the Stasi on ordinary citizens was rife.

Merkel says ties with the US are of “paramount” importance , but one opinion poll suggested six out of ten Germans did not think the US was a partner to be trusted.

Berlin still wants to talk to Edward Snowden, though the whistleblower who is in Russia will not be invited to Germany.

The country fears being put under pressure by the US to extradite him. But Germany is studying the possibility of interviewing Snowden in Moscow.

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Inside the Ring: Russia to test new missile

Inside the Ring: Russia to test new missile

Russia will test launch a controversial missile  over the next several weeks that U.S. officials say is raising new concerns  about Moscow’s growing strategic nuclear arsenal and Russia’s potential violations of arms treaties.

The RS-26 missile is expected to be deployed with multiple supersonic,  maneuvering warheads designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses in Europe, U.S.  officials told Inside the Ring.

A House defense aide said the new missile appears to violate the 1987  Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, based on recent tests and  Russian statements that it is designed to thwart U.S. defenses. The treaty bans  missiles with ranges of between 310 and 3,400 miles.

“The Russians are advertising this as a system capable of defeating U.S.  missile defenses in Europe,” the aide said. “At the same time, the State  Department is accepting Russia’s claim that  this is an ICBM and doesn’t violate INF. It can’t be both.”

The Air  Force National Space and Missile Intelligence Center reported recently that  Russia’s June 6 test of an RS-26 was a test-firing  of an intermediate-range missile disguised as an intercontinental ballistic  missile.

Russian officials have denied that the RS-26 violates the INF Treaty,  claiming it has a range greater than the treaty threshold of 3,410 miles.

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