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So I just sit well Russia stumping the US and more than just -- standoff over NSA leaker -- Snowden.
The country also thumbing its nose -- in 1987 arms treaty by building a mid range missile.
All this -- President Obama is calling for nuclear arms reduction.
So what happened to that pledge to reset relations with Russia.
Senior editor for the Washington free -- bill Gertz joins us now from Washington DC bill thanks all for joining us.
Tiger morning so it sounds like rush hasn't gotten the word that there's been -- reset in this relationship and they're supposed to be obeying the rules what's going on.
Well clearly this is a major story it's been percolating in intelligence circles and on Capitol Hill for the last nine months ended.
Has to do with a major violation of the INF treaty that is the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty.
And that has to do recently with the -- assessing.
A new missile that would violate this treaty and at a time when the US is building down its forces it's clear that the Russians.
Our building up their nuclear forces so this is bad news for the Obama administration's.
Arms control senator John.
But yeah I mean -- the White House -- he would have no sense of this from listening to the White House to the president himself talk about our new relationship with Russia.
-- are they aware of this.
Well they're trying to cover it up there's a report due to Capitol Hill that was due April 15 it hasn't been produced yet.
The chairman of the house armed services and Intelligence Committees want that report and they want it to really reflect.
What they've called a major violation of a treaty that affects US national security.
Did that the president's position looks incredibly naive and light of this there's also word.
I in your story that the Russians are seeking to develop sophisticated space based weapons.
Yeah this was announced by Vladimir Putin the Russian president that.
At a time when the US is trying to band space weapons and the Chinese are building space weapons now we have the Russians also following suit of course this is the key.
Strategic vulnerability for the US because so much of what we do is.
Is based on satellites communications.
-- Command and control military forces.
You really get the sense the president has caught in -- 1983.
You know that did.
Mutually assured destruction and all you know all that sort of language of arms control in the 1980s.
He seems caught in that Iraq.
-- talk about a Cold War mentality.
Most of the president's national security advisors come from this pro arms control school of thought.
And they basically think that the best way to ensure security -- through arms control agreements.
The problem with that is in history has shown that the US usually ends up abiding by these arms records.
But the Russians and others do not a pop up that.
That's always the point to remember where the only ones playing by the rules bill -- -- -- joining us appreciate it.
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