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NATO missile defense system is in state of readiness, - Stoltenberg
22:39, 8 July 2016
NATO missile defense system is in state of readiness, - Stoltenberg

US ships in Spain, interceptors in Romania and radar systems in Turkey will operate as one system

22:39, 8 July 2016

Reuters

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the missile defense system of the Alliance has entered the initial level of preparedness in the first day of the NATO Summit in Warsaw. Yevropeyska Pravda reports this.

"We have announced the initial operational capability of our missile defense system which means that the US ships in Spain, interceptors in Romania and radar systems in Turkey will operate as one system", Stoltenberg said.

They also recognized the cyberspace as a new field of activity. "We are strengthening our collective security in all spheres", he added.

The Secretary General expressed confidence that NATO's security "is based on the willingness of our allies".

"Today's challenges require a modern Alliance and resources, so we have reviewed and confirmed the investment commitments in the defense sector", Secretary General said.

Jens Stoltenberg stressed that NATO does not want a new Cold War and a new arms race, and is not looking for a confrontation.

"At a time when we are strengthening our defense, we will continue to seek a constructive dialogue with Russia. Russia cannot and should not be isolated. With an increase in military activity in and around Europe, we are interested in harmonizing the relations with Russia. We need to make every effort to avoid errors and accidents"-Stoltenberg stated.

He also said that the Russia-NATO Council meeting at the ambassadorial level will take place next week, where he will inform Russia about the decision of the Summit.

Related: NATO battalions to be sent to Poland and Baltic countries next year, - Stoltenberg

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