NATO prepares to enhancement of defence if Russia refuses to fulfill INF Treaty, - Stoltenberg

Source : 112 Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stressed the Alliance is not going to enter another arms race
11:29, 27 June 2019

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General
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The North-Atlantic Alliance is considering the strategies of defence if Russia refuses from fulfillment of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, as NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after the meeting of Defence Ministers of NATO member states in Brussels, Pravda reported.

“Russia missiles SSC-8 violate the treaty and pose a threat to our security. Today, the Ministers have agreed that NATO will respond, if Russia does not fulfill the treaty,” he said.

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Stoltenberg also told that the Ministers discussed the following potential measures: drills programmes, enhancement of development and monitoring, strengthening of air defence and anti0missile systems. Besides, security and effectiveness of the nuclear deterrence programme were discussed.

“The Ministers have confirmed that we don’t intend to deploy new land-based nuclear missiles in Europe. We won’t reflect what Russia is doing. We don’t want another arms race,” Stoltenberg noted.

Related: Ukraine has to strengthen its defense due to cessation of INF Treaty, - Poroshenko

As it was reported, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg assured that NATO’s aspirations to make Russia fulfil the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty will not influence Alliance’s support of Ukraine. He also reminded Kremlin that there are only five days left to return to fulfillment of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Over this period, Moscow has to destroy its cruise missiles, which violate the treaty.


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