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White House officially accuses Russia of violating Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty
Russia Today ^ | July 29, 2014

Posted on 07/29/2014 10:21:14 AM PDT by McGruff

United States President Barack Obama has formally accused his Russian counterpart of violating a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty, the White House said on Tuesday.

Pres. Obama wrote Russia’s Vladimir Putin, White House press secretary John Earnest said during a routine briefing Tuesday afternoon, informing him that the US has determined that Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a pact signed by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev nearly 30 years ago.

Hours earlier on Monday evening, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration would accuse Russia of violating the agreement upon completion of a Department of State annual report on international compliance with arms control agreements.

“The United States has determined that the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the INF treaty not to possess, produce or flight test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range capability of 500 kilometers to 5,500 kilometers or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles,” the Times said the report would read.

On Tuesday, press secretary Earnest confirmed that report and said Pres. Obama had written Putin to notify him of the allegations.

“It is correct that the concerns that we’ve had about this have been raised with the Russian, it’s correct that our concerns have been discussed inside the administration for some time and it’s correct to assume that we’ve had conversations with our partners in the relevant committees in congress as well,” Earnest said, adding that adherence to the INF treaty is in the national security interests of US and its allies alike.

But after voicing those concerns to the Kremlin, Earnest said, Russia’s response has been “wholly unsatisfactory.”

"The United States is committed to the viability of the INF Treaty," a senior US official told AFP late Monday. "We encourage Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under the treaty and to eliminate any prohibited items in a verifiable manner."

According to the Times, US officials raised concerns about a potential treaty violation back in January, to which the State Dept. said the release of an eventual review would take into consideration. Three months later, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the top commander of NATO forces, told the paper that “A weapon capability that violates the INF, that is introduced into the greater European land mass, is absolutely a tool that will have to be dealt with."

The treaty, the Times reported this week, "helped seal the end of the Cold War and has been regarded as a cornerstone of American-Russian arms control efforts."


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Better clean out your old Cold War bunker. If you don't have you might want to think about it.
1 posted on 07/29/2014 10:21:14 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: McGruff

Yes, the Russians are still in possession of over 8000 nukes. Scary.


2 posted on 07/29/2014 10:23:46 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: McGruff

The only thing I take from this story is the White Hut becoming sensitive to the news on the illegal invasion, 0’care’s judicial losses, and talk about big losses in the midterms.


3 posted on 07/29/2014 10:28:24 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: McGruff

Strongly worded letter to follow.


4 posted on 07/29/2014 10:28:42 AM PDT by KevinB (Barack Obama: Our first black, gay, Kenyan, Muslim president!)
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To: McGruff

How many treaties has the US violated by arming rebels to overthrow legal governments?


5 posted on 07/29/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT by grania
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To: Sam Gamgee

Putin just being flexable on his end. Meanwhile, Oturd is wed to his ideas of the early 80s.


6 posted on 07/29/2014 10:33:01 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: McGruff

No problem, just RESET the relationship on the power of your personality through the charm of Hillary Clinton.


7 posted on 07/29/2014 10:35:05 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

That RESET button is going to be replaced by a LAUNCH button.


8 posted on 07/29/2014 10:38:37 AM PDT by McGruff (Was George Bush a Putinista?)
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To: McGruff

“Better clean out your old Cold War bunker. If you don’t have you might want to think about it.”

I guess that’s what they meant by “reset”.

Even funnier is that our geniuses mistranslated the word so it said overloaded/overcharged/scammed


9 posted on 07/29/2014 10:39:15 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: McGruff

Boy did Obama show up late to the party..this happened in January from what I heard and we are now in July


10 posted on 07/29/2014 10:39:37 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: McGruff; All
I thought START was an agreement on the number of warheads, not on intermediate range weapons of all sorts. We use a Hell of a lot of cruise missiles when we need to so I'm not sure what the difference here is.

Our Tomahawks can carry small nukes, what makes them different than this class of cruise missiles? Is there a limit on how many Tomahawks we can have at a given moment? That wouldn't make sense to me so, I'm wondering if this is the kind of thing someone picked a convenient moment to split hairs over or a real and major change in the type of weapon they're testing.

11 posted on 07/29/2014 10:42:11 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Sam Gamgee

” Russians are still in possession of over 8000 nukes”

It all works out, 0bama has cut our arsenal in half.

There, don’t you feel better now?


12 posted on 07/29/2014 10:45:54 AM PDT by wrench
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To: McGruff
And here I thought the headline was:

"White Hut accuses (John) Roberts of violating contract for War on Constitution."

13 posted on 07/29/2014 10:47:06 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: McGruff

So is this the move that starts the plan that obi will have more flexibility after the elections with our nukes?


14 posted on 07/29/2014 11:08:56 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: McGruff
Deep thoughts by McGruff:

"If you don't have you might want to think about it."

15 posted on 07/29/2014 11:15:12 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: elhombrelibre
You guys gotta lighten up. Putin is getting inside your heads.
16 posted on 07/29/2014 11:18:14 AM PDT by McGruff (Was George Bush a Putinista?)
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To: Rashputin

The Tomahawk is not a ground launched cruise missile, it is a sea launched cruise missile.


17 posted on 07/29/2014 11:20:46 AM PDT by thinkthenpost
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To: thinkthenpost
LOL, yeah, as issued. It's ground launch capable whether it's currently fitted that way or not. Air launch as well.

No offense, and if that's the all the difference then that's all the difference which isn't really anything but playing games IMHO.

18 posted on 07/29/2014 11:23:17 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: thinkthenpost
To clear that up a bit. START and a couple of other treaties have always seemed to be more about political goodie points for US pols than about actually dealing with the weapons classes.

Warheads age, stuff like Tomahawk is easily modified, but the people who get the photo op always have their photo.

19 posted on 07/29/2014 11:26:04 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: McGruff
White House officially accuses Russia of violating Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty

Russia: Yeah, and...?

Sparky the Wunder Prez: And... well nothing, but I just wanted you to know that I noticed.

20 posted on 07/29/2014 11:35:58 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: McGruff

Your side is losing and now you’re repeating yourself. Is that your way to make up for the un-conservative values, poor cognitive skills, and shabby logic that allowed you to champion Putin?


21 posted on 07/29/2014 11:44:17 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: elhombrelibre
You just proofed my point.

It was intentional.

22 posted on 07/29/2014 11:48:04 AM PDT by McGruff (Was George Bush a Putinista?)
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To: McGruff

You meant to write that I “proved” your point. But what you’re really proving is that you’re poorly educated.


23 posted on 07/29/2014 11:52:09 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: Rashputin
The INF treaty bans specific weapons types like cruise missiles above a certain range and intermediate range ballistic missiles (that's why we destroyed our Pershing missiles).

The appropriate response would be to resurrect the Pershing, but I doubt we have the capacity to do so, to say nothing of the will.

The scariest part is that we have deliberately postponing replacing our warhead assembly facilities to such an extent that the US now has no capacity to build new nuclear weapons at all.

We can recycle old ones, but that's it-- if we needed a newer, smaller warhead, we're SOL.

24 posted on 07/29/2014 12:16:50 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: All

I’m shocked, shocked the KGB guy has been misleading the community agitator all these years.. shocked..


25 posted on 07/29/2014 12:18:30 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: pierrem15
Thanks.

Now I got it.

26 posted on 07/29/2014 12:34:41 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: McGruff
"White House officially accuses Russia of violating Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty"

Gentlemen, start your defense contract engines! It's time rebuild defenses for our allies and for the U.S.A.


27 posted on 07/29/2014 12:43:54 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" - -Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: McGruff

Time for Zer0 to sharpen a stick, so he can draw another line in the sand. F’in loser!


28 posted on 07/29/2014 1:18:09 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: McGruff

White Hut full of lies. Scam artists extraordinaire. I don’t believe a thing they say.
They are a world wide embarrassment.


29 posted on 07/29/2014 1:22:21 PM PDT by dforest
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