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It is a new disorder threatens

The period: Six months, one of the most important disarmament agreement of the Cold war may be history. However, all too great interest, to save the INF Treaty

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It is a new disorder threatens

The period: Six months, one of the most important disarmament agreement of the Cold war may be history. However, all too great interest, to save the INF Treaty to ban nuclear medium-range weapons, shows Vladimir Putin. In a televised meeting with Russia's President had at the weekend by foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed, before he declared: "The American partners have declared that they will suspend their participation in the agreement. We expose you to, too." Moscow reacted according to Putin, "symmetrically" on the now in writing this, all the Nato members "fully supported" notice of Washington.

Putin's "blame game"

Vladimir Putin's decision comes unexpectedly; you will not fits in with the communication strategy of the Kremlin, according to which Russia Treaty was loyal to the United States. Although Washington since may 2013, has been confronted with the beginning of the second term of President Barack Obama, Russia dozens of times with the accusation that the cruise missiles 9M729 am not in violation of the INF, denied in Moscow that it will give the System at all. As Russia acknowledged the existence of, it was said, 9M729 only fly 480 miles. Putin's announcement now is part of the "blame game" in Washington and Moscow assign blame each other.

Putin has ordered to initiate any talks with Washington on matters of arms control, to the United States "are not Mature enough for equal, meaningful dialogue". The two key actors, the President, have not spoken since the Helsinki summit in July 2018. This has potentially far-reaching consequences. The other remaining disarmament agreement between the two former super powers, the New Start Treaty expires in February 2021, unless they agree on an extension. He limited strategic nuclear weapons and their carrier systems. For the first Time since 1972, the nuclear would Arsenale, then no restrictions are subject to.

What sounds in the ears of many people, especially in Europe, after the Apocalypse, is well placed to meet the taste of John Bolton, Trumps security adviser. He rejects arms control; the United States should not deprive yourself without the Need of options to the defence of their security interests, is his Mantra. He is regarded as the driving force behind trump's decision, which caught Europe's cold. We had to rely on the fact that the in December 2017 strategy presented the United States will have for the INF stock. With diplomacy, sanctions, and allowed military trials to medium-range weapons, the pressure on Russia should be exercised by a notice of termination, there was no question.

In Moscow, told President Putin and his defense Minister, to develop a land-based Version of the Cruise missile is Set. Moscow had attacked from ships and U-boats from targets in Syria. At 2000 kilometers Shoigu tallied up the range of the INF prohibits missiles from 500 to 5500 kilometers.

in Addition, range wants Putin also land-based missiles, medium for the new hypersonic glider Avangard. By the end of 2018, he had been a successful Test of the system is known. The glider shot into space and then crashes, with up to twenty times the speed of sound on his goal – armed with nuclear warheads. He should make Russia, according to Putin, for decades to come "invincible" against any missile defense.

Nancy Pelosi warns

In the United States, the Pentagon will also examine what weapons modified-wide systems for INF rich or newly developed. Of the Tomahawk cruise missiles it gave to the INF Treaty, a land-based Version. In developing a new missile system for the army, PRSM called, its range could be increased. However, it is doubtful whether the Congress would give money freely, after the Democrats have taken Power in the house of representatives – leader of the opposition Nancy Pelosi has criticized Trump and against an arms race warned.

Agreed Moscow and Washington all dispute, that it is not your interest is to forego medium-range weapons, while others have you – and above all China, also Pakistan and India, even Iran or North Korea. China calls on the United States and Russia to obtain the agreement. Themselves but impose restrictions that rejected Beijing brusquely. The country has more than 2000 ballistic missiles and cruise missiles – the majority of them in the INF area. They are a key Element of Chinese military strategy for possible conflicts in the South China sea or Taiwan – and is currently probably still the only means to be able to a US aircraft carrier Association threaten.

In the Nato, however, is a debate about possible reactions in progress, including the deployment of new American nuclear weapons. To true unity, will not be the subject of INF is easy to vary the perception of the threat posed by Russia. This Trumps skepticism comes to the West European members to invest in his eyes too little to the military.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 04.02.2019, 00:03 Uhr

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