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Senator Markey Calls for Action from Trump Administration on Russian Violation of Arms Control Treaty Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Washington (February 14, 2017) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after The New York Times reported that Russia violated the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by deploying a new ground-launched cruise missile. The INF, which was originally negotiated between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, is vital to security in Europe, and represents a key agreement for reducing the global risk of nuclear war. This report about Russia’s violation follows a Reuters story that President Donald Trump, in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was ignorant of the details of the New START Treaty, which limits Russian strategic nuclear deployments, and referred to the treaty as a “bad deal”.
“Media reports that Russia has violated the INF treaty by deploying new intermediate range nuclear missiles are deeply troubling. I call on Russia to immediately and unconditionally decommission these weapons and return to compliance with the treaty. It is imperative that President Trump act decisively to push Russia back into compliance with the INF, first and foremost by calling an immediate emergency meeting of the treaty’s Special Verification Commission. The Trump administration should reaffirm its commitment to this vital arms control agreement.
“It is past time for President Trump to demonstrate resolve to represent America’s interests in his engagement with Russia. Questions surrounding the relationships of President Trump and several of his campaign and administration staff with Russia, combined with the ignorance he displayed of the New START Treaty, increase the risk of a resurgent nuclear arms race with Russia and imperil the progress made by both Republican and Democratic presidents to ensure the security of the American people
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U.S. believes Russia deployed new missile in treaty violation
Posted:Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:36:28 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia has deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints by U.S. officials that it violates an arms control treaty banning ground-based U.S. and Russian intermediate-range missiles, a senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday.

Nervous NATO allies seek reassurance from Trump’s defense chief
Posted:Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:10:58 -0500
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European allies will tell the United States’ new defense secretary on Wednesday that NATO is not the weak alliance U.S. President Donald Trump has accused it of being, at one of the most anticipated NATO meetings in years.

NY Times says Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russian intelligence Posted:Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:19:50 +0530 (Reuters) – Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing four current and former U.S. officials. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/rYNMg9uzhOw/usa-trump-russia-idINKBN15U0BS