Germany is strongly opposed to the stationing of American medium-range missiles with nuclear warheads in Europe if the United States scraps a key Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia, the German top diplomat says.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made the comment in an interview with Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) on Wednesday, saying, “Under no circumstances should Europe become a stage for a rearmament debate.”
“Stationing of new medium-range missiles would be met with broad resistance in Germany,” he added, two month after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia.
The INF was signed in 1986 between then US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. It banned all land-based missiles with ranges of 310 to 3,420 miles and included missiles carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads. The original…