Statement of the Deep Cuts Commission on the INF-Treaty Crisis and the Way forward
16 November 2018
Since 2013 the Deep Cuts Commission has published numerous articles and suggestions ( see here... or here...) to resolve the INF Treaty dispute, to preserve the remaining arms control agenda, including the extension of New START, and called for structured and regular talks to enhance strategic stability between the United States, Russia and China. In April 2018, a High-Level Group issued Urgent Call for President Trump and President Putin to take steps to avoid a New Nuclear Arms Race and Dangerous Miscalculation by proposing concrete steps. (http://deepcuts.org/publications/issue-briefs/#c2000)
President Trump announced on 21 October 2018, that the United States intends to terminate the INF Treaty due to Russian non-compliance. There are also Russian concerns that launchers for European Missile Defense could be used to deploy offensive missiles prohibited by the treaty. The new statement by the Deep Cuts Commission underlines that the "U.S and Russia officials have not yet exhausted available options to preserve the INF Treaty."
The Commissioners are also saying: "We believe the United States and Russia should exhaust all cooperative options to solve the INF Treaty crisis instead of scrapping the treaty. When Presidents Trump and Putin meet in Argentina at the upcoming G-20 Summit, they should acknowledge the other side’s INF concerns and direct their experts to find a solution that resolves compliance concerns." Ways forward are reciprocal visits by experts and subsequent modifications of the supected delivery systems.
The full statement is available here ...