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Hudson Statement on INF Treaty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2019
 
Hudson Statement on INF Treaty
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced the United States will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment:
 
“Russia has shredded the INF Treaty repeatedly by building, testing and deploying intermediate range nuclear weapons that are pointed at U.S. troops and our allies in Europe,” said Rep. Hudson. “It would be foolish and naïve to continue to abide by a treaty made a mockery by Russia.”
 
Recently, Rep. Hudson sent a letter to President Donald Trump voicing his strong support for the president’s leadership regarding the INF Treaty and Russian aggression. To read the letter, click here
  
Rep. Hudson has continued to be a strong and vocal critic of Russia, condemning Moscow’s aggression and supporting increased pressure and sanctions.  At an international gathering of parliamentarians in Berlin, Germany, Rep. Hudson represented the United States and put forward an amendment to express concerns about the ramifications of the construction of the Nord Stream II pipeline and possible increases in economic and political instability in the across Europe.
 
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent agency of the Federal Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental and military cooperation in 57 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce. 
 
As a member of the Helsinki Commission, Congressman Hudson regularly represents the United States at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA), which facilitates inter-parliamentary dialogue among the participating States. He currently serves as a vice-chair of the OSCE PA Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism. He also co-chairs the Transatlantic Parliamentary Group, a transatlantic caucus that includes members of the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament and aims to assess international security threats, economic crises, and social issues. Through his leadership with the Commission, Commissioner Hudson is committed to combatting religious persecution and anti-Semitism, preventing human trafficking, tackling terrorism and promoting economic cooperation and free speech.
 
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