HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers Calls Russian Apparent Violation of INF Treaty “a Major Step Backward in our Post-Cold War Relations”
HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers Calls Russian Apparent Violation
Statement by HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers
“News reports indicating Russia is in violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty are deeply troubling. The signing of that treaty in 1987 by President Reagan and Secretary Gorbachev, marked an historic turning point in the Cold War, and stood as the pillar of our post-Cold War relations with Russia.
“Over the past year I have met with intelligence and policy officials to assess the intelligence surrounding the apparent Russian violation, and to urge the Administration to strongly confront the Russians and to keep our Allies informed. Russia has been pursuing a troubling and aggressive ramp up of military and intelligence capabilities in recent years.
“The apparent violation of this treaty would put our allies at risk and be a major step backward in our post-Cold War relations.
“If in violation, Russia must immediately bring itself back into full compliance. The INF Treaty currently limits the United States from developing certain options to deal with terrorists and rogue states; we should not be unilaterally bound by any treaty.
“The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence continues to carefully monitor intelligence regarding Russian compliance with the INF Treaty.”
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