On the NATO-Russia Military Risk Reduction

Chairman of the Management Board of INSOR and a member of Russia-NATO Dialogue Expert group Igor Yurgens signed “Recomendations of the Participants of the Expert Dialogue on NATO-Russia Military Risk Reduction”.

The recommendations were signed by 145 experts, ex-statesmen and military leaders people from 20 countries. Authors of this document call on leaders in the US, Russia and Europe to demonstrate the political will necessary to take a number of urgent actions in order to reduce the risks of military conflict.

Experts note that “the security situation in Europe has deteriorated to its lowest point since the end of the Cold War. NATO and Russian military forces operate in much closer proximity than just a few years ago, previous lines of NATO-Russia communications have broken down, and the nuclear and conventional arms control system that took decades to build is rapidly unravelling, with nothing to take its place”.

The recommendations address the following areas:

  • Re-establishing practical dialogue between Russia and NATO, including direct contacts between the military commanders and experts of Russia and NATO member states.
  • Developing common rules that will reduce the risk of unintended incidents on land, air and sea.
  • Enhancing stability by increasing transparency, avoiding dangerous military activities, and providing dedicated communication channels that would avoid escalation of incidents that might occur.
  • Utilizing (and possibly supplementing) the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act to codify restraint, transparency and confidence-building measures.
  • Exploring possible limitations on NATO and Russian conventional force deployments in Europe to enhance transparency and stability.
  • Establishing consultations between Russia and US/NATO on the topics of intermediate-range missiles and ballistic missile defense, in order to prevent a new nuclear missile race in Europe.
  • Preserving the Open Skies Treaty.

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