Interview with Aleksandr Pikaev

Putin calls for a boost to Russia's strategic nuclear forces and warns Russia will react suitably to 'NATO's muscle-flexing'. Aleksandr Pikaev from the Institute for World Economy and International Relations commented on this.

“All NATO member states refused to ratify the adapted version of the CFE Treaty while Russia and three other post-Soviet states did so, and things have remained that way for seven or eight years. Despite this, President Putin decided not to close the door and made quite a reconciliatory gesture. NATO could just fulfil its obligation, ratify the adapted treaty and then Russia could return. So announcing the moratorium on the fulfilment of the CFE Treaty Russia isn't an irreversible decision. Now it’s up to NATO members whether the Treaty will be saved or not”.