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U.S. Prepares Military, Economic Options to if Russians Violate Missile Treaty

Navy Times reports that “Pentagon and State Department officials are reviewing what military and economic options they can employ if Russia continues development of a cruise missile it has tested in violation of a cornerstone nuclear weapons treaty between Washington and Moscow, senior U.S. officials say.”  

“‘Russia’s lack of meaningful engagement on this issue — if it persists — will ultimately require the United States to take actions to protect its interests and security along with those of its allies and partners,’ Brian McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy told the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on strategic forces on Wednesday.”  

“In July, the United States went public with its concerns that Russia violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile.”

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