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European leaders react to the death of the INF Treaty by perfecting their ostrich impressions

European leaders react to the death of the INF Treaty by perfecting their ostrich impressions

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I’m old enough to remember the excitement that most of the world felt when Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles – better known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. It was one of those epoch defining moments, with two seemingly implacable enemies, having stared each other down across the so-called Iron Curtain, and having engaged in a costly and potentially disastrous arms race, actually concluded that it was all rather pointless and certainly too dangerous to continue, and that a much better idea – and indeed a perfectly feasible one – was to sit down and come to an arrangement that benefited both sides, and made nuclear confrontation far less likely. The result was a treaty, signed by the leaders of both countries in 1987, which eliminated missiles with a range of 500-5,500km, fired from…
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