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Cotton Statement on Reports that Russia Has Deployed a Banned Missile

March 8, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

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

"Russia has violated the spirit and, in fact, the very letter of the INF Treaty. As General Selva has said, if we want Russia to come back into compliance, then we have to increase our leverage-plain and simple. That's why we should beef up our nuclear forces in Europe, and we can start by passing the INF Treaty Preservation Act."

Background: On Wednesday, reports surfaced indicating that Russia has deployed a banned missile. Last month, Senator Cotton joined several of his colleagues in introducing the Intermediate-Range Forces Treaty (INF) Preservation Act, legislation that would allow the United States to take steps to bring Russia back into compliance with the INF Treaty and begin developing similar missile systems. Text of the bill can be found here.