Obama wrote Putin about violation of nuclear treaty -White House

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen,  Northern Ireland June 17, 2013.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 17, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin to inform him directly that the U.S. government had determined that Russia violated the intermediate-range nuclear treaty, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

The United States is seeking high-level talks over what it said was an infraction of the Cold War-era treaty, ratified in 1988, which was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles).

Earnest declined to comment on how or when Russia violated the treaty, but said the United States is concerned in part about the risk of proliferation.

The fact that Obama raised the issue directly with Putin signals the gravity of the situation, Earnest told reporters at a briefing.

"That is an indication that this is a matter that merits the serious attention of the leaders of both the United States and Russia," Earnest said.

He said the administration has raised its concern with Russia about the violation "on a number of occasions." "It is fair for you to conclude that their response to our concerns was wholly unsatisfactory, and that is why additional talks are merited," Earnest said.

(Additional reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Will Dunham, Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (25)
nose2066 wrote:
Wikipedia has some background on the “Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty.”

The article indicates that China is NOT bound by the treaty and continues to build its own missile forces.

So “bilateral discussions” are not going to work. China has to be included.

Jul 28, 2014 9:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:
Obama almost has in another cold war with his display of weakness. Way to go pal, this one should cost future generations plenty.

Jul 28, 2014 10:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mott wrote:
” .. Russia first began testing the cruise missiles as early as 2008, according to American officials, and the Obama administration concluded by the end of 2011 that they were a compliance concern. In May 2013, Rose Gottemoeller, the State Department’s senior arms control official, first raised the possibility of a violation with Russian officials .. Source: NY Times”

This is old news.

Goes to show how messed up system of detection and reaction is.

Jul 28, 2014 12:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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