Germany’s Top General Calls for New INF Treaty With China, Russia, US

The US announced it was suspending the INF Treaty, banning all missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometres, with a possible eventual withdrawal. Moscow responded by suspending its own participation. This has raised concerns about a new arms race and made Europe most vulnerable to any negative fallout, according to the UN.

Germany’s chief of defence, Bundeswehr Inspector General Eberhard Zorn, has voiced alarm over the looming collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in an interview with the German outlet RND. Asked about the changes in security policy he is most concerned about, the military chief said that he is worried about medium-range missile regimes if the treaty is terminated.

“In my opinion, then a new arms control regime must be introduced. And everyone must be brought on board — Russia, the US, China. That would be the key criterion for me regarding our safety in Europe and in Germany”, Zorn stated.

In February, President Donald Trump announced the US would unilaterally withdraw from the INF Treaty, pointing towards Russia’s 9M729 cruise missile, which American officials claim violates the existing limitations. 

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