Sen. John McCain tells Newsmax that Russia’s threat to withdraw from the recently signed START treaty over America’s missile defense development is “not acceptable.”
The Arizona Republican says he is concerned that at the signing ceremony for the treaty to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons, “the Russians issued a statement saying that any missile defense developments that they thought were threatening” would allow them “to abrogate their involvement in the treaty.
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“And that’s after we’ve been assured by the Obama administration that it wasn’t on the table.
“One of the things that brought about the end of the Cold War was Ronald Reagan standing up to Gorbachev and saying we will not abandon our missile defense efforts.
“It seems that this administration is at least trying to turn a blind eye to a statement made by the president of Russia that missile defense developments in Europe would be viewed as a reason for them to abrogate their involvement in the treaty. That’s not acceptable.”
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