NATO has started to respond to the development and deployment of new missile systems by Russia, as DW reported citing NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
“On Thursday we will consider the response of the NATO to the challenge represented by new missile systems of Russia,” Stoltenberg stated, reminding that the development and adoption of 9M729 missile by Russia (SSC-8 according to NATO classification) became the reason for termination of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
“SSC-8 is only one of the challenges that we face. That is why we will discuss our response to a number of the Russian missile systems, usual and nuclear, which are already deployed and those, which are currently under development,” Stoltenberg specified.
He also stated that 9M729 missiles and other Russian missiles, including the Avangard system, are part of the pattern of behavior of Russia over the past few years. The issue is about ‘significant investments into new modern weapons systems, nuclear and usual.
“NATO has started the response to it. We increased the readiness of our forces; we deployed combat-ready troops in the eastern part of Alliance for the first time ever. We invest in new modern possibilities, including air and missile defense”, Stoltenberg said.
Meanwhile, the best response to the new Russian missile is the efficient control over armament, according to NATO Secretary-General. It will allow avoiding the new great arms race. “It will be dangerous and expensive,” Stoltenberg warned. “We will not provide the mirror response to the things Russia does. We have no intention to deploy new ground-based missile systems in Europe,” he promised.
Russia states that the 9M729 missile does not violate regulations of the INF Treaty signed in 1987 between the Soviet Union and the U.S. At the end of 2019, Russia stated the adoption of Avangard missile complex.