Europeans should propose an international arms control agenda
French President Emmanuel Macron called on European countries to participate in future arms control negotiations and sign new agreements, including an analog of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). He made a corresponding statement in a speech on nuclear deterrence at the Military School in Paris.
вЂњAfter the collapse of the INF Treaty, France wants to have expanded discussions that take into account the interests of Europe and ensure strategic stability on our continent. If negotiations and a broader treaty are real, we want Europeans to take an active part and sign the next treaty,вЂќ as it concerns our territory, вЂњMacron emphasized.
He added that вЂњEuropeans should propose an international arms control agendaвЂќ and вЂњlimit the use of the most destabilizing weapons.вЂќ The French leader called for the formation of a single European position вЂњtaking into account the development of modern weapons, especially in Russia.вЂќ
He pointed out the risk of resuming the arms race without constraints if the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms between Russia and the United States is not renewed. вЂњSome agreements no longer provide our security,вЂќ Macron said. вЂњFor too long, Europeans thought it was enough to set an example and disarm, believing that the rest of the country would follow us.вЂќ
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said earlier that Berlin regrets the termination of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles between the US and Russia, as this is detrimental to the global security architecture. At the same time, Merkel said that Russia is responsible for the collapse of the contract.
Recall, on August 2, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo officially announced that Washington will finally cease its participation in the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles due to violations by Russia. Six months earlier, on February 2, Washington gave Russia time to rectify its violations and destroy the 9M729 missile.