This year, NATO will respond to the deployment of Russian nuclear-powered cruise missiles in Europe.
This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, reports "European Truth" with reference to Welt.
"When it comes to SSC-8, we will work on air defense and missile defense systems, on conventional weapons, on increasing combat readiness and extending warning periods," Stoltenberg said.
NATO defense ministers have already agreed on appropriate steps.
"By deploying SSC-8 cruise missiles, Russia violated the INF Treaty. It is part of Russia's strategy to invest heavily in new modern capabilities, including new modern nuclear weapons," Stoltenberg said.
According to him, NATO’s response will be adequate and aimed at protecting the Alliance.
Stoltenberg also emphasized that NATO does not intend to deploy new ground-based nuclear missiles in Europe.
According to him, another goal is to strengthen arms control.
The reason for NATO’s expanding capabilities for deterrence and defense is the termination of the INF Treaty on the abandonment of medium-range ground systems. It ended last summer because the United States and other NATO partners believe that Russia has violated the agreement for many years with its SSC-8 system. It is capable of firing cruise missiles, which can be equipped with nuclear warheads and fly over 2,000 kilometers. Moscow refutes this and claims that the range of the system is less than 500 kilometers.