INF TREATY BREACH IGNORED
The Obama administration continues to ignore Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The State Department’s latest annual report on arms control compliance, made public in April, states that Moscow “continued to be in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty not to possess, produce or flighttest a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) with a range capability of 500 kilometers to 5,500 kilometers, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles.”
The violation was triggered by the development of a ground-launched cruise missile banned by the treaty.
The report provided no details on the violation, one that has undermined the Obama administration’s national security agenda centering on arms control that stresses reaching agreements.
“As was the case in previous years, in 2015 the United States again raised concerns with Russia on repeated occasions in an effort to resolve U.S. concerns. The United States will continue to pursue resolution of U.S. concerns with Russia,” the report says.
Omitted from the report is the fact that Russian officials have not only denied the treaty breach, but have also accused the United States of violating the treaty through testing drones and target missiles that are not covered by the treaty.
Blake Narendra, spokesman for the State Department Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, said the administration has been seeking Moscow’s return to verifiable compliance.
“At the same time, the administration is working to implement appropriate response options to ensure our security and that of our allies is maintained should Russia continue its violation of the INF Treaty,” he said. “The security of the United States and its allies is not negotiable, particularly when there is a serious violation