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Rubio Raps Putin On Missile ‘Cheating’


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As a child of the ‘60s, I grew up with all day discussions about Russians and missiles.

Some things haven’t changed.

A group of Republican lawmakers, led by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, today introduced a resolution concering Russia’s “violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty,” according to a Rubio media release.

Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence is joined by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), David Vitter (R-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

A companion resolution is being introduced in the House by Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV), Chairman, House Intelligence Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence; and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.

According to the release:

In introducing the resolution, Rubio and his House colleagues issued the following statement:

“Fresh off the invasion of a sovereign state, Russian cheating cannot be interpreted in anything but the most sinister terms. Cheating is not a separate issue, but is rather recognized as an equal part of President Putin’s long term plan for a resurgent Russia.

“We have introduced this resolution because the viability of future arms control agreements depends on the reliability of current ones. The INF treaty is the central arms control accord of the nuclear era. We must treat it seriously and pursue violations relentlessly. There is simply no point in having treaties unless both sides treat them with the utmost fidelity, and act in a manner binding to the agreement.”

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