Posts tagged as arms race

At Germany’s last nuclear base, fears of a new arms race as US-Russia treaty collapses

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The home Elke Koller chose for her retirement has horse pastures and bird song, a tranquil garden where her grandchildren love to play and views that stretch for miles across the green hills of western Germany’s Eifel region. It is also close enough to a stash of nuclear weapons at a joint U.S.-German base that should they detonate, she would be vaporized within seconds. “It’s so nice here. I didn’t…

Trump and Putin have relaunched the arms race. Hug Europe close, Britain

By Rafael Behr on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The decision by Washington and Moscow to withdraw from a nuclear weapons treaty has just made the world a more unstable place. For a bit of perspective on turbulent times it helps to remember Able Archer. In November 1983, Nato simulated a confrontation with the Soviet Union. The rehearsal was so plausible that the Russians doubted it was a drill, and began a counter-mobilisation. Luckily, level heads prevailed. Able Archer was the…

US-Russia Cold War missile treaty dead as Europe frets about arms race

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The INF accord, signed by then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned ground-launched missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres and ended a dangerous build-up of warheads. Berlin: Germany said on Friday that Russia had “de facto invalidated” a landmark Cold War missile reduction treaty which the US is poised to abandon, with Europe anxious at the prospect of a new arms race. A US deadline…

Mr. Trump – the master of the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, January 31, 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that US President Donald Trump’s regular complaints about the alliance had not undermined it – adding that his criticism on defense spending was having a positive impact. Trump has frequently blasted members of the 29-nation western security partnership for not paying more into their national defense budgets, the AFP news agency reports. He has clearly stated that NATO allies need to invest more.…