US exit of INF would be the start of ‘Cold War 2.0’
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s 60-day deadline to Russia to correct alleged violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and the warning of Valery Gerasimov, chief of staff of the Russian military, that European countries hosting US missiles could become targets for Russia have raised concerns in the international community.
German Foreign Minister Haiko Maas has implicitly criticized the possible US exit of the INF, saying that his country calls for more global arms control of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). In an interview with a German newspaper, he described the treaty as the cornerstone and pillar of the European security in the past 30 years.
He also called for the revision of the regulations about the WMD supervision.
His statements come as the US and Israel are pushing for more unilateral policies to seek global hegemony by having unrestrained and unmonitored programs of WMD.
The Trump’s administration exit from the INF would be the beginning of a second cold war, a scenario that would bring more and more threats for the world community.
Europe would become the battleground of any Us-russian military confrontation.
Former German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel had also warned that the world is facing a “new phase of nuclear rearmament,” and is in the midst of “Cold War 2.0”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the US plan to withdraw from the INF was “ill-considered” and warned that Moscow would follow suit if the United States armed itself with weapons banned by the pact.
The above-mentioned statements mean that the world community is now facing a crisis like the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
It seems that the adventurist and unilateral policies of Donald Trump has made the world more unstable and insecure. The only countermeasure is for supporters of multilateralism like EU, China, Russia and Iran to stick together and challenge Trump’s unilateralism.
*Hossein Ziaee is an Iranian journalist in Germany.