Fortenberry Statement on Russia Suspension of Nuclear Treaty with United States

Oct 4, 2016
Press Release

Lincoln, NE – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry today made the following statement after Russia suspended a long-standing treaty with the United States to better manage weapons-grade plutonium:

“Russia cites new discomfort in its relationship with our country following ongoing conflicts related to Ukraine and Syria. Yet the suspension of a weapons-grade plutonium agreement with the United States should concern not only the Russian people, but also the international community of responsible nations.

“In the past, our two countries have strived to strengthen our relationship while working toward mutual nuclear security goals. Although our engagement with Moscow faces new challenges, both nations must reinvigorate those values that bind us toward making nuclear security a first order priority. The risk of more aggressive diplomatic posturing between our nations, especially when related to nuclear issues, is a threat to civilization itself.”

Fortenberry is co-chair of the Nuclear Security Working Group and serves on the House Appropriations Committee.


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