New weapons systems, global rearmament and increasing rivalry between the superpowers are posing new challenges for the world. Foreign Minister Maas has made arms control a focus of German foreign policy.
Germany and France are conducting a joint disarmament exercise. Verifiable disarmament is an important step on the path to a world free of nuclear weapons.
Be it in the context of climate protection, disarmament or the resolution of ongoing conflicts: “It is time to do more than just talk about sustainability. It is time to act sustainably,” emphasised Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Multilateral cooperation is a success story. The Non‑Proliferation Treaty and the resolute action to combat small arms make abundantly clear that we can only respond to pressing questions together.
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?