23 Aug 2019

Putin orders reciprocal Russian response to U.S. missile test

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered his government to “to take exhaustive measures to prepare a reciprocal response” to the recent US test of a ground-launched, medium-range cruise missile. The test was carried out just weeks after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that banned such missiles officially became defunct.

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20 Aug 2019

Russia accuses US of stoking military tensions with missile test

Russia on Tuesday accused the US of “escalating military tensions” by conducting a test of a ground-launched, medium-range cruise missile, just weeks after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that banned such missiles officially became defunct. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that “we won’t allow ourselves to be

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02 Aug 2019

The Landmark US-Russia Arms Control Treaty Is Dead

On Friday, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that played a key role in ending the Cold War nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, officially became defunct. The INF Treaty collapsed in February when the US government announced that it will pull out of the agreement, a

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18 Jul 2019

Nato chief calls on Russia to save INF nuclear missile treaty

If Russia will continue to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty after August 2, it can expect a “measured, defensive” response by NATO, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Thursday. The INF Treaty collapsed in February when the US government announced that it will pull out of

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05 Jul 2019

NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade, Risking Further Tensions With Russia

NATO is considering to upgrade its missile defense capabilities in order to defend against Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles that were banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that is set to be dissolved in August unless the US and Russia reverse their decision to abandon the agreement. In

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22 May 2019

Nuclear war risk highest since WWII, UN arms research chief warns

Today the risk of nuclear weapons being used is higher than it has been at any time since World War II, the director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Renata Dwan said on Tuesday. Dwan argued that the increased risk of nuclear war results from changes to arms-control

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04 Apr 2019

NATO chief warns of ‘more assertive Russia’ in US Congress speech

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday told members of Congress that the threat of “a more assertive Russia” requires members of the alliance to “overcome our differences now because we will need our alliance even more in the future,” adding that “[w]e face unprecedented challenges – challenges no one nation

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01 Apr 2019

Treaty’s end would give U.S., Russia impetus to make more nukes: study

On Monday, nonprofit research organization CNA will release a comprehensive study on what will happen if the US and Russia do not renew the New START strategic nuclear disarmament treaty that is set to expire in 2021, or if they abandon the treaty before it expires. Experts warn that the

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15 Mar 2019

U.S. Begins Work on New Missiles as Trump Scraps Treaty With Russia

Earlier this week, US Department of Defense (DoD) officials announced that the department will start building and testing two new types of missiles that used to be banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which collapsed last month when the US government announced that it will pull out of

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14 Mar 2019

Are the rules which have stopped nuclear war broken?

This week, the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference took place in Washington DC. The general tone of the conference was depressing, with speakers indicating different ways in which the rules that stopped nuclear war in the past seem to be falling short. Close to the end of the Cold War,

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