UN Chief Urges Russia, US to Seek Arms Control Deal, Says INF Treaty Stabilises Europe

UN Chief Urges Russia, US to Seek Arms Control Deal, Says INF Treaty Stabilises Europe

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Moscow and Washington to urgently seek an arms control agreement ahead of the looming termination of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, saying the landmark agreement has helped stabilise Europe, Sputnik reports.

"The Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty - the INF - is a landmark agreement that helped stabilize Europe and end the Cold War. When it expires tomorrow, the world will lose an invaluable brake on nuclear war.  This will likely heighten, not reduce, the threat posed by ballistic missiles", Guterres said on Thursday. "Regardless of what transpires, the parties should avoid destabilizing developments and urgently seek agreement on a new common path for international arms control".

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