The Russian officials and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are going to hold of a conversation this week. Especially, with the seed of a Cold War era arms treaty lurking behind, the alliance has felt the necessity of holding a talk yet more. According to the diplomats, the meeting that is scheduled for this Friday by Nato-Russia council will shed a light on the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty; the meeting is also expected to cover the crunch in Ukraine. In this milieu, Moscow is also given an ultimatum from the US until February 2 to take a new cruise missile system to bits.
The defense ministers from Nato had a meeting with the Alliance’s partners in the Euro Atlantic Partnership Council in Brussels. The main agenda of the meet-up was to discuss about the new security challenges and the crisis in Afghanistan. Now, with NATO taking the decision to back up the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, it has given the organization a chance to take a leading role in a big mission like this.
After the Americans accused Russia of treachery and caginess, the discussions between Kremlin officials in Geneva and the US just led nowhere. However, they have called for more discussions. Simultaneously, Russian President Vladimir Putin has put Europe in tautness, stating that if the INF flops, Europe would be the main victim of a new arms race.
At the same time, all the Nato members have chosen to put a nod to the US valuation that the nuclear-enabled 9M729 cruise missile system by Russia disrupts the INF treaty, which raises a bar to the ground-launched missiles with an orbit ranging between 500 and 5500 kilometers. Here, Germany’s Foreign Minister paid a visit to Moscow on Friday to converse on the viewpoint that it was up to Russia to retain the treaty by pulling down the missile system.
As per the statements from different officials, Washington had already showed their concerns amount the missile almost 30 times in the last five years. Then in December, 2018, an unexpected step was taken by the US. They published an extensive detail of the proof it revealed to Moscow to cite the potential fissures in the treaty. However, last week, Andrea Thompson, the US Under Secretary, happened to shrug off the offers from Russian officials to examine the missile system along with reproaching Moscow for paying “lip service to transparency”.