Mass protests in the 1980s paved the way for the INF treaty. Back then, hundreds of thousands of Germans opposed the deployment of American nuclear weapons on German soil. In the southern town of Heilbronn, the legacy of the Cold War runs deep.
General Eberhard Zorn says he's disturbed by the American and Russian withdrawal from the INF nuclear missile treaty. He warned that Moscow remains "a big threat" to peace in Europe.
Moscow has vowed to restart the development of medium-range nuclear missiles as it mirrors Washington's decision to withdraw from the 1987 arms control agreement. The split has the potential to incite a new arms race.
NATO fears that without an INF missile ban it will be more difficult to prevent an arms race in Europe. The tensions are stirring memories of the 1980s and the Cold War. DW's Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.
In a DW interview, US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Andrea L. Thompson explained why Washington plans to suspend the INF treaty if Russia doesn't come back into compliance — and why its stance is no joke.
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