Statement Don’t Hold Arms Control Hostage to the Current Crisis

Against the background of the current tensions between Russia, NATO and the United States the Young Deep Cuts Commission (YDCC) argues for a separation of arms control, risk reduction and transparency issues on one hand from conflict in and over Ukraine and the issue of European security architecture on the other.


In the immediate term, the United States, Russia and NATO should urgently focus on reaching consensus on continued engagement in the framework of the Strategic Stability Dialogue, enhanced subjects and methods for information exchange, ways and means of reducing the likelihood and manageability of military incidents, and reaching agreement on the non‑deployment of INF‑type missiles in Europe. These and other arms control, risk reduction and transparency measurements should not be made contingent on the current crisis.

This Young Deep Cuts Statement was drafted in the beginning of February before the ongoing military escalation in Ukraine.