On December 21, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted down a Russia-initiated resolution in support of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty).
The draft called on UN GA members to support the treaty as one of the cornerstones of European and international security. The document also called on the signatories to the treaty – Russia and the US – to continue consultations to keep it in place.
“A threat to the treaty’s existence emerged this October when the United States announced its plans to unilaterally withdraw from it,” Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said commenting on the draft resolution. He recalled and warned that the breakdown of the treaty is fraught with another round of a full-scale arms race.
43 states voted for the document, 46 – against, 78 – abstained. The US, European Union states, Ukraine, Japan and Turkey voted against. China, Iran, Syria, member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and some Latin American countries were among the supporters of the document.
It’s important to note that the Russia-proposed non-binding resolution was rejected by EU member states, which in fact should be interested in keeping the INF Treaty in force. The reason is that if the US withdraws from the treaty, US missiles deployed in these states will make them a target of possible Russian retaliatory strike. Supporting the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, these states turn Europe into a battle ground of a possible exchange of strikes between the US and Russia. It’s hard to imagine that even during the Cold War the UNGA would not support a peaceful non-binding resolution proposed by one of the sides.
There are two main explanations of the December 21 vote of on the INF Treaty resolution in the UNGA:
- The governments of a number of European states are not independent in their foreign policy;
- The elites of thse states do not link their personal future as well as the future of their families with their national states.
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