The tensions between Russia, Ukraine and NATO create the potential for a disastrous war that can and must be avoided through serious and deft diplomacy.
The Deep Cuts Commission calls on Russia, the United States, and NATO members to acknowledge the legitimate security concerns of the other side. They should immediately take simultaneous steps to defuse the current crisis through arms control, risk reduction and transparency measures and involve Ukraine, where appropriate, in such a process.
Among other steps, the Commission recommends negotiations on a balanced agreement between the United States and Russia on a verifiable moratorium on the deployment of intermediate-range missiles between the Atlantic and the Urals and an arrangement between NATO and Russia for reciprocal transparency visits to NATO’s Aegis Ashore sites in Romania and Poland and Russia’s 9M729 ground-launched cruise missile sites.
Read the full Statement by the Deep Cuts Commission outlining next steps here