Landmark INF nuclear arms treaty is history: What now?

epa07752013 Activists from IPPNW Germany and ICAN Germany wear masks of US President Donald J. Trump (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), holding mock nuclear missiles as they demonstrate against the ending of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in front of the American Embassy at Pariser Platz in Berlin, Germany, 08 December 1987. The INF treaty, signed 01 June 1988, is due to end on 02 August 2019 after US President Donald J. Trump announced the US withdrawl in October 2018 and formally suspending it on 01 February followed by Russia in 02 February 2019. EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER

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As the US withdrew from the landmark nuclear treaty known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Seda Serdar Deutsche Welle correspondent ask what’s next and gives a German perspective on the issue.

Serdar writes that for the past six months, German and French diplomats have lobbied behind the scenes to save the INF Treaty, according to Fabrice Pothier, a senior consultant at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and former head of policy planning at NATO, but without success.

Serdar quotes Ulrich Kühn from the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, saying that this latest development “means that we’re basically going back in history to the 1980s. We’re once again seeing Russian missiles pointing at Western Europe”. “Perhaps in a year or two,” he added, Western missiles might be pointing towards Russia.

Experts, meanwhile, fear the INF Treaty’s demise could endanger other agreements between Washington and Moscow, including the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, thus further eroding global nuclear disarmament efforts.

 

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