Congressional Republicans Seize on Russia’s Missile Treaty Violation

Russian RS-18 Stiletto missile is launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Oct. 22, 2008 (AP photo).
Russian RS-18 Stiletto missile is launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Oct. 22, 2008 (AP photo).
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Last week, the State Department officially reported that Russia had violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty when it tested cruise missiles starting in 2008. Republican lawmakers expressed immediate dismay, building on a steady drumbeat of criticism about the Obama administration’s response to Russian actions in recent months. The report found Russia “in violation of its obligations” under the treaty to not test a ground-launched cruise missile with a maximum range of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. A State Department spokesperson writes in an email to Trend Lines that “this is a serious matter which we have attempted to […]

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