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Canceling of Obama's Russia Trip Underscores Need to Keep U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Capabilities Intact

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement regarding President Obama cancelling his trip to Moscow, Russia because there is significant lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control.

"The President's decision to cancel his trip to Russia is the right one because they are clearly at odds with us on so many key issues," Vitter said. "For this same reason, the President must rethink his push to significantly reduce our nuclear arsenal, which would erode our deterrence with dangerous threats in the world only multiplying."

Vitter and 18 U.S. Senators sent Secretary of State John Kerry a letter requesting an outline of the Administration's plans to carry out their proposed nuclear deterrent capability cuts of up to one third of current capacity, and expressing the need to involve Congressional approval in any decisions. The Senators cited concerns of Russia's apparent disregard of the U.S.'s existing agreements. Additionally, last week Vitter and 13 other Senators urged the Department of Defense to stop doing business with a Russian arms firm that is helping Syrian President Bashar Assad kill his own people.

Vitter, who has a seat on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, is also on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over missile defense, nuclear weapons and deterrence and space programs.

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