NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia has refused to destroy the new missiles deployed in Europe in violation of the 1987 Treaty.
“We did not record any signs of Russia’s commitment to the medium-term non-proliferation treaty by destroying these missiles before August 2,” Stoltenberg said at the end of a NATO-Russia meeting on Friday. Severity“.
“If it turns out that it is impossible to save the treaty then NATO’s response will be coordinated and defensive, and we will have to act,” he said“He said.
Stoltenberg pointed out that “the current defenses are unable to drop an intercontinental missile launched from Russia,” stressing that Europe does not intend to deploy new missiles equipped with nuclear warheads in Europe.
NATO demands that Russia destroy its new SS-8 missile system before the mid-term nuclear weapons treaty expires on Aug. 2.
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed the suspension of his country’s participation in the treaty, signed in Washington between late President Ronald Reagan and the Secretary-General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, on December 8, 1987.