The End of the INF Treaty - Europe Could Become a Nuclear War Zone

More+Events ♦ Published: February 5, 2019; 20:01 ♦ (Vindobona)

In an interview with the APA - Austria Press Agency the political scientist and disarmament expert Heinz Gärtner recently stated that the background of the US termination of the INF Treaty on the Prohibition of Medium-Range Nuclear Weapons might be the expansion of the deterrence potential and that Europe could thus become the target area of a nuclear conflict. At a panel discussion organized by the International Institute for Peace (IIP) on 11 February 2019, Heinz Gärtner, together with representatives of the United States and the Russian Federation, will examine the background of this issue.

Gorbachev and Reagan signed the INF Treaty on 8 December 1987. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / White House Photographic Office [Public Domain]

According to Gärtner the accusations of the USA against Russia are only faked arguments.

Rather, according to Gärtner, it is apparently a matter of strengthening the deterrent effect by turning nuclear weapons into "smaller" weapons of warfare and stationing them near potential targets.

This could therefore mean deployment again in Europe or in Central Asia.