SEN­A­TORS WANT STATE NOM­I­NEE TO NATO BLOCKED

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

Three Repub­li­can sen­a­tors have joined their House col­leagues in op­pos­ing the nom­i­na­tion of State Depart­ment of­fi­cial Rose Got­te­moeller to be NATO deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral, based on her role in cov­er­ing up Rus­sian treaty vi­o­la­tions.

Sens. Tom Cot­ton, Jim Risch and Marco Ru­bio out­lined their ob­jec­tions to Ms. Got­te­moeller, un­der­sec­re­tary of state for arms con­trol and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity, in a let­ter to Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry last week.

“Our main con­cern with Sec­re­tary Got­te­moeller’s ap­point­ment is an ap­par­ent un­will­ing­ness to keep the North At­lantic Coun­cil and in­di­vid­ual mem­ber states ap­prised of key up­dates on Rus­sian arms con­trol vi­o­la­tions as­so­ci­ated with the In­ter­me­di­at­erange Nu­clear Forces Treaty, her fre­quent pub­lic ‘mis­state­ments’ on this topic, and her rep­u­ta­tion as a ‘Rus­sia apol­o­gist,’” the sen­a­tors stated.

They cited an in­ci­dent in March when Ms. Got­te­moeller tes­ti­fied that U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies were un­aware of any Rus­sian INF treaty vi­o­la­tions prior to the De­cem­ber 2010 Se­nate rat­i­fi­ca­tion de­bate on the New START arms treaty.

“Other than be­ing patently false, this state­ment di­rectly con­tra­dicts an in­ter­view she gave to the Den­ver Post in Novem­ber 2015 where she stated, ‘Rus­sia tested, start­ing in 2008, a ground­launched cruise mis­sile that flies to ranges banned by the treaty ...,’” they said, adding that NATO was not no­ti­fied of the il­le­gal mis­sile un­til Jan­uary 2014 — six years af­ter the first test.

“It is this pat­tern of ped­dling false­hoods and with­hold­ing in­for­ma­tion that en­gen­ders mis­trust

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Three Repub­li­can sen­a­tors have joined their House col­leagues in op­pos­ing the nom­i­na­tion of State Depart­ment of­fi­cial Rose Got­te­moeller to be the next NATO deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral.

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