By: Nicolas Wright
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was an agreement between the United States and The Soviet Union, now Russia, to eliminate their stocks of intermediate-range and Medium-Range (Or Shorter-Range) land-based missiles. The First Arms-Control Treaty abolished an entire category of weapons systems but both the U.S and Russian are no longer complying with the treaty. In February of 2019, The U.S announced it’s suspension of compliance with the Treaty as Russia allegedly violated the Treaty by testing and deploying a banned missile system which Washington pinned its withdrawal solely on Russia which isn’t exactly true. There were many reasons for why the U.S withdrew from the Treaty. The two main reasons were that they needed to retaliate in case of an attack by Russia or China which threatened National Defense and that they needed a proper response after leaving the Treaty.
Through the last several months, over 100,000 Russian Troops surround Ukraine on three sides. According to the White House’s Accounting, Saboteurs or people who destroy things deliberately will also be present. Believing that an invasion will occur in the future, The United States, the group of seven (G7), NATO and the European Union have warned of massive economic consequences.
According to a Russian Article called the Krasnaya Zvezda, Senior officers of the Russian militaryś General Staff mentioned that there will be no way to identify if an incoming ballistic missile is fitted with a nuclear or conventional warhead. Thus the military will see it as a nuclear attack. “Any attacking missile will be perceived as carrying a nuclear warhead, The information about the missile launch will be automatically relayed to the Russian military-political leadership, which will determine the scope of retaliatory action by nuclear forces depending on the evolving situation.”
Despite the massive build-up of soldiers along the border of Ukraine, Moscow denies that it’s planning an invasion. They then sent a issued NATO with a list of security demands which also blamed the alliance for “undermining regional security”. Among other things, The President of Russia Vladimir Putin insists that NATO bans Ukraine and other Soviet states from ever becoming members of the organization. On the 17th of January, British defense secretary Ben Wallace announced that Britain would supply Ukraine with short-range anti-tank missiles for self-defence. A small team of British Troops would provide training. Mr Wallace also gave a stern warning to Moscow that there would be “consequences” for any Russian aggression towards Ukraine. Saying that Britain would “stand up to bullies” no matter how far the conflict.
Washington insists that there is no time to lose and that Russia is considering a “false-flag” operation or an operation that Russia will carry out an attack that will be blamed on Ukraine. The U.S is bracing for what follows.