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U.S. Weighing Punishments for Russia’s Nuclear Violations

Sanctions at least. Or a new American arsenal in Eastern Europe.
Remember "nuclear deterrence"?

Remember "nuclear deterrence"?

Photographer: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration is considering a range of options to respond to Russia’s ongoing violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. Part of the response could involve deploying new U.S. weapons to Eastern Europe.

Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld, the outgoing vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an audience Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that Russia continues to violate the 1987 agreement, which banned both the U.S. and Russia from developing or deploying nuclear weapons with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. The treaty was the first nuclear arms agreement to reduce the number of nuclear weapons.