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Europeans Urge Russia to Return to Arms-Control Treaty


7Dnews London

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:05 GMT

A group of European nations is urging Russia not to abandon a nuclear weapons treaty with the U S.

Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands are also calling for new arms control agreements, to address the rising power of China and other nations, as reported by AP. 

The US gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty a month ago, citing Russian violations. 

The European countries have opened an arms control conference in Berlin on Friday, March 15th, urging Moscow "to return to complete and verifiable compliance" to save the treaty. 

But German foreign minister Heiko Maas said it is also time for broader treaties, as nuclear weapons proliferate to countries such as China, North Korea, India and Pakistan. 

He also said treaties also need to address new technologies, such as drones and cyber-attacks.