push russia and the separatists to end the violence to allow the osc fully in. >> i thank you for your willingness to testify here today. >> thank you very much. senator brasso. >> good to see you again. i wanted to talk about the intermediate range nuclear forces treaties. russia has been violating the treaty for quite some time. it was finally made official in public in 2014. in response to questioning on the matter the administration said they were exploring economic counter measures in response to the violation. in the president's speech back in april of 2009 in prague, he committed to ridding the world of nuclear weapons. he said that in order for a nonproliferation regime to work he said violations must be punished and he said words must mean something. president obama. words must mean something. this administration has now said for years that they are considering economic sanctions against russia for its violation of the treaty. is russia still in violation of that treaty? and when is the administration finally going to get around to punishing this violation of the treaty?
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