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HASC Leaders Call on Obama Administration to Act on Russia's Cheating on Nuclear Agreements

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Location: Washington, DC

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA), Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) and Strategic Forces Subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) made the following joint statement in response to a story about Russia's cheating on nuclear treaties in today's New York Times

"Since 2012, Congress has pushed the Administration to take Russian cheating on nuclear treaties seriously. We have been ignored, as has Russia's material breach of the central arms control treaty of the nuclear era. Treaties are meaningless unless both sides sign in good faith. If the Administration wishfully waves away blatant infractions on current agreements, how are we supposed to trust future pacts? How are we supposed to take proposals for an Iranian interim deal seriously?

"We are also concerned about the treatment of our allies. Intermediate range missiles threaten our European partners most of all. Why were they kept in the dark for four years according to this report? Why did the Obama Administration keep evidence of Russia's cheating from our allies when NATO was recently debating and deciding upon its nuclear posture?

"The idea that the Administration can count on Russia's support to enforce its "interim deal" with Iran and disarmament agreements with Syria is downright dangerous. And the idea that the Congress can have faith in the President's ongoing efforts to reach new deals on nuclear reductions or to limit our missile defenses is dubious at best. "

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