UK Gov’t Opens Parliamentary Inquiry Into US Withdrawal From INF Treaty


The UK Defence Committee has launched an inquiry on Thursday on the consequences of US President Donald Trump’s potentially unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate and Short-Range Forces Treaty.

Following news of the US potential withdrawal from the INF, the UK parliament ordered the inquiry to determine how it would affect UK defence forces.  

Several witnesses will participate in the inquiry, including Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Dr. Jeremy Stocker, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and Dr. Heather Williams, lecturer in defence studies at King’s College London. 

An oral evidence session on 20 November will determine whether the INF Treaty has been violated, the United States could comply again with the treaty, it can be amended to “make it more attractive” to both parties, and if it is still relevant under current technological and geopolitical conditions, in addition to the UK’s role in future discussions. 

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards grilled UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson in October on the nature of discussions taking place between British officials and other NATO countries on the INF withdrawal, as well as how it would affect global security.  

The Ministry of Defence has “regular and close dialogue with US and NATO partners at all levels on foreign and security…

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