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The Trump administration is preparing a major mistake on the INF Treaty

by Ambassador Steven Pifer

“Once the United States withdraws from the treaty, there is no reason for Russia to even pretend it is observing the limits. Moscow will be free to deploy the 9M729 cruise missile, and an intermediate-range ballistic missile if it wants, without any restraint. [And] the U.S. decision will prove controversial with European allies and others who continue to see value in the treaty.”

This article lists four main reasons that withdrawing from the INF treaty is a mistake.

 

This article was originally published by Brookings. Read it in full here

Ambassador Steven Pifer

Ambassador Steven Pifer

Ambassador Steven Pifer is a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and a Senior Fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is a retired Foreign Service Officer with more than 25 years with the State Department, and specializes in arms control, Russia and Ukraine.
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