Foreign Minister of Germany Frank Walter Steinmeier called for the conclusion of a new Treaty with Russia on arms control in order to avoid escalation of tensions in Europe, where the activated exercises of Russia and NATO to raise concerns about a possible outbreak of war. This opinion Steinmeier expressed in his article, the full text of which will be published on Friday in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, according to Reuters.
In it the head of the German foreign Ministry, according to the Agency, referring to the annexation of Crimea to Russia, said that Moscow “broke the basic, non-negotiable principles of the world, severing the thin ties of trust that were formed over decades.” “At the same time, we should all be United in the desire to avoid further spiraling escalation,” Steinmeier says.
According to him, the new process of arms control needs to offer a “proven capability to ensure transparency, prevent risks and increase confidence.”
“In addition, we want structured dialogue with all partners, who are responsible for the security of our continent,” wrote the foreign Minister, noting that the platform for negotiations could be the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Last Wednesday, a group of former foreign Ministers and defense said that Russia and NATO should agree on common rules to deal with sudden military conflict to reduce the risk of accidental outbreak of war between Moscow and the West, adds Reuters.
In June, Steinmeier criticized NATO exercises in Eastern Europe near the Russian border. He urged the Alliance not to aggravate the situation, “saber-rattling” and lead a more active dialogue with Russia.