The End of the Arms Control Era
On August 2, 2019, the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and short-range missiles (INF Treaty), was officially terminated. It was signed in 1987 by the heads of the USSR and the USA: Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. This document has so far served as the basis of the arms control system. Why did this happen? Does the absence of a treaty mean the beginning of a new uncontrolled arms race or the threat of a nuclear war? What are we to expect next? The Valdai Club experts tried to answer these and other questions during a discussion that was held on the eve of the historic day.