Posts tagged as nuclear weapons treaty

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…

NATO chiefs urges Russia to shed light on new missile system

Thursday, November 1, 2018

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Russia to provide details about a new missile system the United States and other allies claim violates an important nuclear weapons treaty. At talks between Russian and NATO ambassadors on Wednesday, Stoltenberg said, “We regret that Russia has not heeded our calls” for transparency about the missile system. NATO says Russia’s 9M729 cruise missile contravenes the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The pact between…

Lithuanian formin expects US to make Russia keep to nuclear weapons treaty

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius expects that the United States will force Russia to adhere to a bilateral treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear missiles after Washington last week threatened to withdraw from the pact. Linkevicius said on Monday he regarded US President Donald Trump’s announcement as pressure on Moscow. “I see this as a means of putting pressure on Russia to respect the treaty, because there have been facts for four years now that…