NATO reminds Russia has only five weeks left until August 2 to return to the implementation of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. During this period, Moscow must destroy its cruise missiles that violate the treaty, according to the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as European truth reports.
“Russia has only five weeks left to save the treaty. Thais why, tomorrow we will decide on further steps of NATO in the event that Russia does not do this. Our response will be defensive, balanced and coordinated. We will not repeat what Russia does. We are not going to place new ground-based nuclear missiles in Europe,” he said.
“We urge Russia to take responsibility. However, unfortunately, we have not seen any signs that Russia intends to do this. In fact, it continues to develop and deploy new missiles,” Stoltenberg noted.
The secretary also reminded that the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council would be held next week. The issue of non-fulfillment of the treaty by Russia will be considered there. On Wednesday, June 26, NATO countries’ defense ministers plan to meet to discuss further steps in case of non-fulfillment of the treaty.
“We will consider Russia's ongoing violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. By August 2, Russia must destroy their SSC-8 missiles that violate the treaty. For many years, the United States and other allies have been trying to interact with Russia over its new missile system, including within the Council NATO-Russia. We plan to hold a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council next week to raise this issue again,” he said.
As it was reported earlier, NATO, the world largest military-political bloc, which Ukraine wants to join, turned 70 years old on April 4. It was founded by 12 countries to protect Europe from the influence of the Soviet Union. The first members of the North Atlantic alliance were Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the US, and France.
NATO member states increase contributions into some trust funds to support Ukraine. On particular, disposal of radioactive waste and medical rehabilitation for the soldiers are within this initiative.