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NATO explaines why Putin's warnings about nuclear weapons unacceptable

Alliance reminded that its missile defense was not designed and directed against the Russian Federation
19:05, 3 March 2018

Reuters

The warnings of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the NATO allies are "unacceptable" and do not contribute to the easing of tension. This was stated by NATO spokesman Oana Lungescu, reports Reuters.

"Russian statements with threatens of attacking allies are unacceptable and counterproductive," the statement said.

The annexation of Crimea by Russia gave NATO a new sense of purpose, but the alliance insists that its new deterrents in the Baltic states and Poland are defensive.

"We do not want a new cold war or a new arms race," Lungescu said.

"As we have repeatedly stated, the alliance's missile defense has not been developed and is not directed against Russia, our system protects against ballistic missiles from beyond the Euro-Atlantic region," Lungescu added.

She explained that, in relation to Russia, NATO has a dual approach that provides for defense, containment and dialogue.

As reported, on March 1, Putin announced the test in Russia of a new hypersonic missile system "Sarmat". Putin stressed that "Sarmat" is able to attack targets both through the North and through the South Pole.

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