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Cotton Statement on Russian Cruise Missile

February 14, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement on reports that Russia secretly deployed a new cruise missile:

"There's little reason for the U.S. to continue abiding by a treaty whose only other party continues to violate it blatantly. Two battalions of cruise missiles don't just magically appear overnight. And if the last administration showed us anything, it's that ignoring these kinds of provocations simply means they will proliferate. I've said before we need to set firm boundaries for Russia's behavior-and enforce them to the hilt. I take this news as evidence that the U.S. should build up its nuclear forces in Europe."