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Russian RS-18 Stiletto missile is launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Oct. 22, 2008 (AP photo).

Congressional Republicans Seize on Russia’s Missile Treaty Violation

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

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 address with Russia for some time now,” but stresses that the treaty “serves the mutual security interests of the parties” as well as U.S. allies in Europe and Asia. ...

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