Thanks to the INF Treaty, Russian forces attacking Ukraine have not been able to use ground-to-ground ballistic and cruise missiles of ranges from 500-5,500 km, which could have devastated centres in Western Ukraine. Dan Plesch writes that the process that produced the INF Treaty provides important guidance for a renaissance in disarmament in the present century and calls on civil society to seek a global zero on missiles.
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As the Russia-NATO confrontation is intensifying, hopes of maintaining a degree of control and restraint in the continuing development of armed forces are rapidly fading. This policy brief proposes twelve innovative measures to reverse the negative trend of increased military confrontation.
Following the INF Treaty’s breakdown over noncompliance allegations, picking up the pieces and rebuilding consensus on the importance of arms control will be essential in the decade to come.
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.
ELN Policy Fellow Katarzyna Kubiak talked to Greenpeace in their Peace Talks-Podcast series on the INF Treaty crisis.