According to a recent Post analysis of the Soviet radar at Krasnoyarsk {"U.S. Insists Moscow Alter Radar," Dec. 14}, "Reps. Bob Carr, Thomas J. Downey and Jim Moody {visited the site}, returned to the United States and declared that the facility did violate the {ABM} treaty."

We never said that. This was not and is not our view. On the contrary, our official report on our visit stated: "Whatever the purpose of the installation at Krasnoyarsk, it is at least several years from operational status. While the basic concrete structures are largely complete, we saw no installed antenna elements, computers or other electronic equipment anywhere. . . . Whether the installation is early-warning or spacetrack, it is clearly not deployed.

"Thus we judge it to be not a violation of the ABM treaty at this time {italics added}. However, . . . we would no longer be able to make that statement if the project were carried through to completion.

"The ABM treaty provides no specific definition of deployment. . . . We are here using a definition analogous to the SALT II definition of a deployed ballistic missile submarine as one which has completed sea trials and is therefore judged complete and ready for operation."

This report was given to the press three months ago.

While we do not consider Krasno-yarsk to violate the ABM Treaty today, it would be a violation if brought near operable status, and there was clearly no purpose for the Soviet to begin the project if they did not intend to make it operational.

Thus, it is a gray area, and the recent Soviet decision to unilaterally suspend its construction should help resolve the issue. BOB CARR U.S. Representative (D-Mich.) THOMAS J. DOWNEY U.S. Representative (D-N.Y.) JIM MOODY U.S. Representative (D-Wis.) Washington