German Ex-Air Force General: ‘US Betrayed European Security’

A former head of NATO’s Military Committee has slammed the US move against the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) as “extremely dangerous” for Europe. This comes after Washington had suspended its obligations under the agreement that ended the arms race between the East and West back in the 1980s.

Former head of the NATO Military Committee and retired Air Force general Harald Kujat has sharply criticised the US for terminating the INF Treaty calling the move “a betrayal of the security of the European allies” in an interview with the Bavarian broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

According to the retired commander, the withdrawal from the treaty that ended the nuclear arms race back in 1987 means that the US is saying goodbye to responsibilities to its European allies. This move could be extremely dangerous for Europe, Kujat stated.

“Everything coming after the INF Treaty is worse than what we have right now”, the former NATO official stated.

However, he still expressed hope that the INF Treaty could be saved, something that would require re-launching mutual inspections, which ended in May 2001.

“Then, I let myself cite Carl Friedrich von Weizsaecker, one could come to truth, searched together”, he said.

Following US claims that Russia’s 9M729 missile violates the treaty’s range limits, despite Moscow’s denying the allegations as unsubstantiated, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington was suspending its obligations…

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