To the editor: Steven Pifer is correct to argue for "continued U.S. observance" of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in response to its finding that "Russia violated [that treaty] by testing a prohibited cruise missile." Also, he is right that the United States should "press Russian officials, through the Special Verification Commission" established by the INF Treaty. These are necessary, but insufficient. ("What should Obama do about Russia and the INF Treaty? Channel Reagan.," Op-Ed, July 30)
If Russia did violate the treaty, this is not only a technical arms-control issue, and it needs to be seen in the overall pattern of Kremlin behavior. President
The Obama administration needs a strategy for dealing with an aggrieved and potentially dangerous Kremlin. It is not enough to apply a sanction here and to make a demarche there. We now face a major "Russia problem."
Larry T. Caldwell, Beaumont