4 August 2017, 17:49 GMT
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, the Politico news portal reported that the Congress was preparing several defense bills, the provisions of which would require the country's Department of Defense to violate the 1987 agreement by reintroducing the development of medium-range missiles banned under the accord. The Senate is reportedly expected to debate the new version of the defense bill.
"That is just the type of nonsense that makes the phony attacks on Russia so damaging to the well-being of our country and to the world," Rohrabacher said, when asked about the reported proposals.
The 1987 INF treaty prohibits the development, deployment and testing of ground-launched ballistic or cruise missiles with ranges between 300 and 3,400 miles. The United States and Russia have repeatedly accused each other of violating the treaty.