With the demise of the INF Treaty, we are losing an important part of the international security architecture today. For decades, the treaty helped prevent an arms race between the major powers. In recent years, Russia stationed cruise missiles in violation of the agreement. So what happens now?
In talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas underlined the need to maintain dialogue despite fundamentally different views. A large number of international issues can only be resolved by working with Russia.
New high‑tech weapons are making the world an ever more dangerous place, and important disarmament agreements are in serious difficulties. Foreign Minister Maas wants to start a new dialogue on disarmament. A conference in Berlin marked the start of this initiative.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pledged Germany’s support in the Baltic region during a visit by his counterpart Edgars Rinkēvičs. Both countries intend to be a driving force for “Europe United”.
Foreign Minister Maas travels to Washington for the Foreign Ministers meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh. In addition to the fight against IS, the conflict in Syria will be discussed.
The INF Treaty on disarmament has contributed to security in Europe over many decades. If Russia continues to contravene the Treaty, it will terminate in six months’ time.