Posts tagged as treaty

What happens when a treaty that’s working is cancelled

By Dave Lindorff on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Bush, Obama and Trump administration have broken two very important promises, or treaties, with Russia and it’s going to be very costly and dangerous for us and for the world thanks to them. The first broken promise was the decision by President George W. Bush to ignore the documented promise made by President Reagan to Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev that if he took down the Berlin Wall and allowed…

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…

‘These missiles can reach Berlin,’ warns Lithuania’s foreign minister

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lithuania’s Linas Linkevicius tells DW that Russia has been violating the terms of the INF nuclear arms treaty. He says action is necessary to force all parties to comply with the agreement. Linas Linkevicius:  It is just an intention, it’s not yet a decision. Personally, I think this is a tactic, it’s pressure — because Russia has been violating this agreement itself for several years. We all understand that all these…