Experts Say

The INF Treaty Must Be Saved


March 19, 2018
By John Ashley

The Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty has been in danger of collapsing in recent years. Russia has been developing a new ground-launched cruise missile that contravenes the treaty, and NATO has raised concerns over the deployment of Russian missile systems to the exclave of Kaliningrad. Russia asserts that it is responding to the deployment of NATO missile defense systems in Eastern Europe, which also violate the treaty. Regardless of who bears ultimate responsibility for these escalations, the INF Treaty is one of the most critical arms control agreements to come out of the Cold War, and it must be upheld.
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