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Global Insights: As NATO and Russia Argue, CFE Treaty Gathers Dust

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

At a NATO-Russia Council meeting last week, Rose Gottemoeller, the U.S. acting undersecretary for arms control and international security, complained about Moscow’s failure to provide advance notice of its recent large-scale military exercises. Gottemoeller stated that Russia had notified the U.S. about an exercise of “unprecedented size” in the Eastern Military District only as the activity commenced, while Washington “received word of the large aviation exercise in the Western Military District only through press reports.”

According to the Russians, the “snap” exercises were designed to test the Russian military’s day-to-day readiness without advance warning of any drill. In addition, they have accused NATO of continuing military exercises that implicitly posit Russia as an aggressor. For example, the Steadfast Jazz war games that will occur in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland this November will rehearse defending alliance members from conventional attack. The Russian Defense Ministry called the scenario, officially intended to certify command and control elements of the NATO Response Force, a “relic of the Cold War.” ...

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