The official Russian position regarding the deployments of weapons previously banned under the now-defunct INF Treaty has been framed as a ‘moratorium’. This deserves a closer study.
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Ground-launched cruise missiles are not the main military issue, as their effect on strategic stability remains limited. Greater problems will arise as soon as Russia and the US start the testing, production and deployment of intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
Independent expert Dmitry Stefanovich argues that the Helsinki Summit could herald the beginning of a new phase in US-Russia arms control. By analysing current bilateral disputes over the existing arms control treaties, New START and INF, Stefanovich proposes a number of recommendations to advance the current stalemate.