Rogers issues opening statement on INF, other treaty violations

Rogers issues opening statement on INF, other treaty violations. | Courtesy of the House of Representatives
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, issued opening remarks during a hearing regarding a violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) this week.

Rogers stated that the Russian Federation is in violation of the INF treaty and other international agreements, citing the Biological Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Open Skies Treaty.

In the statement, Rogers reported that a nuclear warhead was disclosed during a review of the country’s nuclear forces. Citing disclosed Russian documents, Rogers stated that this new weapon would have the capability of inflicting damage to adversary territories and would create areas of radioactive contamination unsuitable for any human activity.

Witnesses that were present at this hearing included Under Secretary of State for International Security Rose Gottemoeller and Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon.

This hearing continued the discussion of an earlier hearing relating to this topic that took place in 2014.

“[The] INF is, of course, not the only treaty or agreement that Russia is violating,” Rogers said. “We learned from Ms. Gottemoeller during last year’s hearing that on eight of 12 treaties and agreements, Russia is not in compliance or is outright violating its obligations.”


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