Now, all of this is at risk. Republicans in both the House and Senate are promoting legislation to authorize a new nuclear-capable ground-launched cruise missile that would, if tested, violate the INF Treaty. The House language goes so far as to set a time limit for U.S. withdrawal from INF and, if Russia does not comply, to prevent extension of New START in 2021. Linking INF to New START—which still clearly serves U.S. security interests—reveals the true intentions of those behind this legislation: destroy the bipartisan arms control process.Sponsored Ads
Make no mistake, the major blame for this mess lies with Moscow, which both the Obama and Trump administrations have found to be in violation of INF by deploying a small number of prohibited ground-launched cruise missiles in Russia. President Vladimir Putin could solve this whole thing tomorrow by dismantling these missiles and getting back into compliance. He should do so.
This is all a good thing in my view. I just wish the administration would cancel the INF Treaty and New Start immediately.