Joe Biden sets the tone for US-Russian relations for the next 4 years

Among the very first decisions taken by the new American President Joe Biden after his inauguration, the extension for 5 years of the strategic nuclear arms limitation treaty between the United States and Russia will undoubtedly have been the most awaited by the international defense community. His predecessor, Donald Trump, had refused to accept the proposal made by Moscow in this direction for several months, while the agreement was coming to an end, and this in line with the policy he had followed in recent years. years, by withdrawing the United States from the INF treaty on medium-range nuclear weapons, as well as from the treaty…

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Russia accuses Germany of not respecting the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

In 1968, a large number of countries signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, an agreement under the aegis of the United Nations obliging signatory countries not to develop or export military nuclear technologies. It followed a series of crises related to the deployment of nuclear weapons by both the Soviet Union and the United States on allied territories, cyclically creating severe tensions, the most representative being the Cuban Missile Crisis, when Khrushchev's Soviet Union deployed SS-4 and SS-5 nuclear missiles on the communist Caribbean island, prompting the intervention of American forces, and 11 days of very strong…

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The United States' international negotiation strategy deadlocked

With the arrival at the White House of President Donald Trump, the State Department, in charge of foreign affairs, profoundly modified its negotiation strategy on major international issues, moving from a firm attitude but capable of compromise to positions based on the balance of power. In just 4 years, the Trump administration has managed to end the INF treaty prohibiting the design and possession of short and medium range ballistic and cruise systems with Russia, to withdraw from the Open Sky treaty allowing the conduct of inspection flights over the signatory countries, but also to remove…

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The development of China's technological and industrial capabilities worries the Pentagon

Each year, the United States Department of Defense publishes a report on security and technological developments in the People's Republic of China for Congress. Over the past few years, this report has become more and more pressing in many aspects, such as the construction and rapid implementation of means of denial of access on the Chinese coasts and in the China Sea, the extension of the Beijing fleet, as well as the profound changes taking place within the People's Liberation Army. For the first time this year, as tensions between Washington and Beijing are…

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China to invest $ 500 billion over 10 years to catch up on nuclear weapons

According to the state website globaltimes.cn, citing diplomatic sources, Beijing has notified Washington of its refusal to participate in US-Russian negotiations on the reduction of nuclear weapons in the park. On the contrary, China will deploy unprecedented and colossal efforts to make up for its delay in terms of strategic weapons vis-à-vis the United States. It must be said that, on this subject, the Chinese narrative is particularly easy. With less than 500 nuclear warheads in service, Beijing, like Paris, does not play today in the same course as Washington or Moscow, which aligns almost 6000 each. In addition, China does not have the same relays as the…

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US withdrawal from Open Skies threatens nuclear weapons control and Baltic security

Last week, the New York Times announced that the Trump administration wanted to withdraw the United States from the “Open Skies” treaty. Although this international agreement now plays a minor role in arms control, it is still highly symbolic and contributes directly to the security of certain allies of the United States, in particular the Baltic countries. For the White House, the American withdrawal would be justified by the lack of transparency and the repeated violations of Russia vis-à-vis the Open Skies agreements, as we mentioned in our previous article on this subject. In the middle of an election year, and while Donald Trump still presents himself as a negotiator…

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