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NATO not to place more nuclear arms in Europe, - Stoltenberg

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia’s decision to develop the ground-launched SSC-8 cruise missile means that the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was no longer effective, the Alliance Secretary-General said
13:06, 24 October 2018

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NATO allies in Europe are not going to place any new nuclear arms - even in the view of the latest decision of the U.S. government to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Jens Stoltenberg, the Alliance's Secretary-General said this as quoted by Reuters.

'The NATO chief also said that the United States was in full compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and that Russia’s decision to develop what he said was a ground-launched SSC-8 cruise missile meant that the treaty was no longer 'effective'. 'All allies agree that the United States in full compliance ... the problem, the threat, the challenge is Russian behavior,' Stoltenberg said', the article says.

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Earlier, U.S. leader Donald Trump stated America intended to build up its arsenal of nuclear weapons to pressure Russia and China as Reuters reported. 'Speaking to reporters, Trump repeated his contention that Russia was not abiding by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which he has threatened to abandon,' the news agency said.

The treaty was signed in 1987 by Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and the then U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The treaty bans the parties from producing nuclear ballistic and cruise missiles of a land-base with a range of 500-5,500 m and their testing and deployment.
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