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Cotton Statement on Pentagon’s Development of New Intermediate Missile

November 16, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt Tabler (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the Pentagon's effort to develop a new ground-based cruise missile to counter Russian aggression in Europe:

"I'm glad to hear the Pentagon is acting on my proposal to begin research on a new ground-based cruise missile. Russia has shown no remorse in ripping up the INF Treaty, and the only hope we have of bringing them back into compliance is to make them suffer consequences for their violations. Solely doing research on a new missile will keep us within the four corners of the treaty-for now-while also signaling to Russia that we won't abide by their aggression. It's a sensible move against a determined adversary, and the Pentagon is right to make it."