“Will other countries follow the Americans? I doubt it,” he said. “The Europeans seem to me to understand that the agreement has added value as an instrument of trust, predictability, transparency, and that is how we see it.” In any case, the Trump administration sees little importance in gun control and non-proliferation agreements. In 2018, President Trump has decided to withdraw from the 2015 Comprehensive Action Plan, which limited Iran`s nuclear capabilities. Iran can now produce the fissile material of a nuclear bomb in a much shorter period than it did three years ago. Meanwhile, the United States is isolated, with close allies such as Britain, France and Germany maintaining the agreement and ignoring Washington`s calls for sanctions against Tehran. The Soviet Union rejected his offer, but President George H.W. Bush revived the idea and the multi-country pact was signed in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union. It came into force in 2002, after the 20th nation ratified the agreement. It remains to be seen whether the treaty can continue after the withdrawal of the United States and will depend on what Russia does. When he takes office, the Biden administration should consider resuming the agreement, when it may require some creative international lawyers.
“The importance of alliances and confidence-building measures to support strategic stability in Europe in the face of Russian aggression must be a priority for the next government, despite efforts over the past four years to undermine these relations and dismantle agreements that maintain transatlantic stability,” she said. Under the leadership of former White House national security adviser John Bolton, the Trump administration quickly tried to tear up old arms control agreements with Russia, arguing that there is no sense to stay in treaties if Russia does not comply and that it is only by withdrawing that the United States will be able to lay the groundwork for new agreements adapted to the modern era. “What Russia has done to international arms control is truly regrettable,” Marshall Billingslea, the president`s new special representative for arms control, said Thursday during a performance at the Hudson Institute. “They have systematically violated almost every agreement they have concluded, politically or legally binding.” Christopher A.