Brussels/London, 1 February 2019 - President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Madeleine Moon (United Kingdom), issued the following statement following announcement of the United States’ suspension of its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
“I deeply regret that Russia’s consistent refusal to address NATO Allies’ concerns about its documented violations of the INF Treaty has left the United States’ government no other choice than to suspend its obligations under the Treaty. By these actions and its obstinate denial, Russia is putting at risk one of the key pillars of arms control and strategic stability in Europe.
“NATO Allies have raised this issue with Russia on many occasions, including in the NATO-Russia Council to no avail. I welcome the commitment Allies have reiterated today to the preservation of effective international arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation. I also salute their willingness to use the six months until the United States’ withdrawal comes into effect to continue to press Russia to return to full and verifiable compliance with the INF Treaty. The ball is in Moscow’s court.”
The NATO PA is due to discuss developments regarding the INF and their possible impact at the upcoming Joint Committee meetings in Brussels on 18-20 February.