Washington – Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement after the Trump Administration formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. The Administration announced its intent to withdraw in February:

“Russia is a serial violator of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, a fact rightfully acknowledged by the Trump Administration and our NATO allies. The Kremlin’s long track record of violating the treaty only underscores how right the Trump Administration is to formally withdraw from it. Instead of staying in a treaty that constrains only one party—the United States—the President is taking the right and necessary step to defend both the security of our nation and that of our NATO allies.

“While the United States limited itself under INF and Russia refused to comply with its terms, China significantly advanced its missile systems. Both Russia and China are also continuing to expand their nuclear arsenals and are developing advanced systems that are not bound by current arms control treaties.

“If there is any hope of improving the current arms control environment and reigning in Russia and China’s aggressive behavior, we must be negotiating from a position of strength. That means modernizing all three legs of our nuclear triad, deploying the additional low-yield capabilities called for by the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, and working towards fielding an intermediate-range, conventionally-armed, ground-launched missile system.”