Friday, November 25, 2016

16 Euopean Countries Want An Arms Control Deal With Russia

A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system drives during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Reuters: Germany, 15 other countries press for arms control deal with Russia

Fifteen European countries have joined Germany in its push for a new arms control agreement with Moscow, saying more dialogue is needed to prevent an arms race in Europe after Russia's actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, a German newspaper said.

"Europe's security is in danger," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Die Welt newspaper in an interview published on Friday. "As difficult as ties to Russia may currently be, we need more dialogue, not less."

Steinmeier, a Social Democrat who has been nominated to become German president next year, first called for a new arms control deal with Russia in August to avoid an escalation of tensions in Europe.

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Update #1: Europe States Call to Renew Conventional Arms Control as Existing Treaties Fail -- Sputnik
Update #2: War In Europe? Germany, 15 Other Countries To Push For New Arms Control Deal With Russia -- International Business Times

WNU Editor: The problem in Europe is not the absence of an arms control agreement .... the problem is political .... specifically on what has happened (and is happening) in Ukraine. Solve the crisis in Ukraine will in turn deflate significantly the political tensions throughout eastern Europe .... unfortunately there is no political will in Europe (on all sides) to do just that right now.

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