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Russia Accused of Breaking Treaty

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Russia's armed forces conducted a "massive" nuclear forces exercise on Thursday simulating NATO and U.S. nuclear attacks and involving several long-range ballistic and cruise missile firings.

(Washington Times / Worthy News)-- Russia's recent missile developments represent a "material breach" of its obligations under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a senior House Republican said Wednesday.

"There is no doubt — and I mean no doubt — that Russia's actions transcend mere violations and constitute a material breach of this central arms control treaty," Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces, said at a Capitol Hill defense breakfast.

The congressman did not elaborate on the "breach," which is defined as an impermissible repudiation of a treaty or a violation of a provision essential to the treaty’s object or purpose.

House Republicans and Democrats joined together in adding language to the current defense authorization bill declaring Russia in material breach of the treaty and that its actions must be confronted by the administration, Rogers said. -- Source

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