Report shows State Department lied about Russia arms violation

Report shows State Department lied about Russia arms violation

More than two years after the State Department confronted Russia about a violation of the INF nuclear missile treaty, the Obama administration has not taken steps to counter the treaty breach.

New details of the violation of provisions of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Force (INF) treaty were disclosed in the State Department’s latest annual report on arms treaty compliance.

The latest report, made public last week, also reveals that the Obama administration misled the public about the INF treaty breach by not publicly disclosing the violation.

The compliance report states Moscow “continued to be in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty.”

The treaty breach involves development of an illegal ground-launched cruise missile that the administration has not identified. The violation was first disclosed a year ago in the 2014 arms compliance report, although it had been discussed in secret reports and in Congress for several years.

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