Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The cancellation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) can lead to a split in the ranks of NATO and the EU, since there will be both countries that will want to have American missiles on their territory and opponents of such measures, it is said in the briefing prepared in the European Parliament on the basis of expert evaluations.
“If the INF Treaty is abrogated, Europe faces a range of stark choices that, at worst, according to experts, could split the NATO alliance or even EU Member States”it is said in the reference material that came to RIA Novosti prepared for Europarliamentarians by the research service of the European Parliament
According to estimates, as one of the scenarios “EU Member States could opt for a deployment race with Russia, fuelled by US missiles, in a return to a pre-INF Treaty scenario”. “The military risk of this option would be significant, especially since the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has said that Russia would target any European countries that agree to host US missiles,” note experts.
“Alternatively, EU Member States could jointly reject the deployment of US missiles, a move that would further strain the transatlantic alliance, and potentially make Europe subject to Russian intimidation, even though the overall balance of power in Europe is still in NATO’s favour”it is specified in the document
Lastly, experts express the opinion that in the EU there can be a coalition of countries that will prefer to choose the option of deploying American missiles, while others may refuse to deploy American weapons, “thus dividing the EU and potentially splitting the NATO alliance”.EPRS_BRI2019633175_EN
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