NATO – Russian relations seems to be at the lowest point. Since the President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw in October from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty the world has become less safer place. INF Treaty is a foundational arms control agreement which has been a major limitation on strategic nuclear weapons for three decades could disappear in less than two years. Unlike the times of the Cold War two nuclear superpowers are barely speaking to each other. The danger of sliding into an armed confrontation that somehow could lead to nuclear war is growing concern in some quarters in Washington and Moscow.
American and European analysts as well as some U.S. military officers say that the nuclear superpowers need to talk more if they are willing to avoid Doomsday scenario.
General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of U.S. European Command and the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, believes that “communication is a very important part of deterrence”.
“During the Cold War, we understood each other’s signals. We talked,” says Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti. As Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Scaparrotti believes that adversaries who know each other’s intentions and capabilities are less likely to fall into conflict. He personally twice met with Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian general staff, they also had a few phone conversations.
“So, I think we should have more communication with Russia. It would ensure that we understand each other and why we are doing what we’re doing.” says Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.
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