INF TREATY BREACH IG­NORED

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

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

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