Trump admin calls out Russian INF Treaty violations known since at least 2011

Trump admin calls out Russian INF Treaty violations known since at least 2011
Putin meets with military officers. Kremlin/MOD photo

[Ed. – Trump is not being a goofball here.  There can be legitimate disagreement on whether or how to pull out of the treaty entirely, but not on the fact that the treaty is not currently restraining Russia.]

Is the INF Treaty so important that the Russians should be allowed to cheat on it without consequence?

That’s the implication of the criticisms of President Donald Trump for saying that he’s pulling out of the Cold War-era arms-control agreement. …

The Russians have recently made obvious their contempt for Gorbachev’s handiwork. The State Department has determined since 2014 that Russia is in violation of the treaty, via the 9M729 ground-launched cruise missile. Tests of the noncompliant missile go back to 2008, and the Obama administration first told Congress of its concerns in 2011.

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