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Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement applauding Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution he introduced expressing the Senate's concerns with Russia's violations of the Open Skies Treaty:

"In 2009 President Obama said when it comes to international agreements ‘Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished.' The Open Skies Treaty is no different and last night the Senate unanimously voiced its disapproval of Russia's violations of the Open Skies Treaty. Over the last year, Defense and Intelligence Community leaders have voiced concerns over Russia's adherence to this treaty, saying it's ‘become a critical component of Russia's intelligence collection capability directed at the United States.' This is further compounded by Russia's continued violations of the treaty. The United States should take actions to ensure Russia once again complies with its obligations under the Open Skies Treaty, including restricting their overflights of the United States and not approving sensor upgrades."

The text of the resolution is available here.