McKeon to Congress: We Will Make Russia Less Secure

December 12, 2014

Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Brian McKeon told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, December 10th that Russia is not in compliance with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty, and that military measures are in preparation to "make Russia less secure." McKeon accused Russia of breaking multiple treaties: Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, the Threshold Test Ban Treaty, the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, the Treaty on Open Skies, the INF Treaty, and the Chemical Weapons Convention.

He said Russia denies non-compliance, so the US is preparing "diplomatic, economic and strategic" responses.

"We do not want to find ourselves engaged in an escalatory action/reaction cycle as a result of Russia's decision to possess INF Treaty- prohibited weapons. However, 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. Those actions will make Russia less secure."