GOP Senators File Measure Protesting Alleged Russian Arms Control Breach

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, as seen on Sunday at Uber's headquarters in Washington. The Florida Republican and five other GOP senators filed a resolution condemning Russia's alleged violation of a treaty on midrange nuclear missiles.
National Journal
Diane Barnes Elaine M. Grossman
March 26, 2014, 10:54 a.m.

Six U.S. Re­pub­lic­an sen­at­ors on Tues­day in­tro­duced a res­ol­u­tion voicing con­cern about an al­leged Rus­si­an breach of a 1987 arms con­trol treaty.

GOP law­makers have as­sailed Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials for what they see as an in­suf­fi­cient U.S. re­sponse to sus­pi­cions that Mo­scow has tested mis­siles in vi­ol­a­tion of the In­ter­me­di­ate-Range Nuc­le­ar Forces Treaty. In the ac­cord, the United States and Rus­sia agreed to re­frain from test­ing or field­ing bal­list­ic or cruise mis­siles with ranges between 300 and 3,400 miles.

“Fresh off the in­va­sion of a sov­er­eign state, Rus­si­an cheat­ing can­not be in­ter­preted in any­thing but the most sin­is­ter terms,” Sen­at­or Marco Ru­bio (R-Fla.) and his col­leagues said in a news re­lease. “Cheat­ing is not a sep­ar­ate is­sue, but is rather re­cog­nized as an equal part of [Rus­si­an] Pres­id­ent [Vladi­mir] Putin’s long-term plan for a re­sur­gent Rus­sia.”

Call­ing the INF Treaty “the cent­ral arms con­trol ac­cord of the nuc­le­ar era,” the law­makers said Wash­ing­ton “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.”

Ru­bio, a mem­ber of the Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee and Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence, was joined in in­tro­du­cing the meas­ure by sen­at­ors Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), James In­hofe (R-Okla.), Dav­id Vit­ter (R-La.) and Ro­ger Wick­er (R-Miss.).

Three House GOP mem­bers are ad­van­cing com­ple­ment­ary le­gis­la­tion, the state­ment notes.

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