New START and the Future of US-Russia Arms Control
UN Secretary General expresses concern over termination of INF Treaty
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is concerned about growing tensions between nuclear-weapon states and warns: with the expiration of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Missiles, the world will lose an invaluable obstacle protecting it from nuclear war.
“This is likely to enhance, not reduce the threat posed by ballistic missiles,” Guterres said in an interview with reporters..
“Regardless of what happens, the parties must avoid destabilizing the situation and immediately begin to seek agreement on a new common path to international arms control,” the UN Secretary General said..
Recall that the agreement signed by the then US President Ronald Reagan and the USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev made it possible to eliminate medium-range missiles belonging to the two largest nuclear powers in the world.
The termination of the treaty raises serious concern, since, according to a number of Western experts and officials, the presence of missiles of this range gives Russia the opportunity to carry out a nuclear strike against Europe in a short time..
“I urge the United States and the Russian Federation to extend the so-called new START agreement to ensure stability and allow time for negotiations on future arms control measures,” Guterres said..
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