NATO does not consider Russia a threat or an aggressor, but Moscow is throwing the Alliance a “strategic challenge,” said the Secretary General of the organization Jens Stoltenberg. According to him, NATO allies have a “common opinion” about Russian policy and “violations of the INF Treaty”.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance sees no “threats or aggressive actions” by the Russian Federation. The Union perceives Moscow as a “strategic challenge”, reports TASS with reference to the speech of the Secretary General in Brussels.
“Reality shows us that NATO must respond, must modernize their forces to invest in securing deterrence. Russia continues to invest energy and resources [military technology]”, — said Stoltenberg.
He added that the dialogue between NATO and Russia, however, we must maintain unity in their ranks.
“Deterrence and defense at the same time we engaged in political dialogue with Russia, our neighbour. We strive for the best relations with Russia, need to talk with Russia, because it is”, — said the Secretary General.
According to him, at the NATO summit in London, scheduled for 3-4 December, the leaders of the member countries of the Alliance will discuss the issues of arms control and “politics of Russia”. He also accused Moscow of violating the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty), noting that “the response must be balanced and coordinated”.
In the London summit needs to take part the heads of leading NATO countries: the presidents of the United States and France, Donald trump and Emmanuel macron, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other. In addition to the themes of the INF Treaty, the summit will discuss the topic of Ukraine, the meeting “Norman Quartet”, which will be held a week after the Congress of NATO countries, as well as expanding the activities of the Alliance in outer space.
Earlier it became known that Paris is ready to consider Moscow’s proposal on banning the deployment of intermediate-range and shorter-range in Europe, reported the German media. A letter was sent to Vladimir Putin, President of France Emmanuel Macron.
However, shortly thereafter, macron said that he had not accepted the Russian initiative on a moratorium on the INF Treaty. The French leader added that he perceived these proposals as a basis for discussion.
“Europeans should be involved in negotiations on the future Treaty,” said macron.
Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Makron really said Vladimir Putin. According to Peskov, the response Rules was not detailed. In his message, the head of France has announced its willingness to talk about the rockets. Also Makron wrote that he understands the concerns of the Russian side on the INF Treaty.
1 Feb U.S. President Donald trump announced that Washington “suspend” the execution of obligations under the INF Treaty. Six months later, the United States withdrew from the Treaty because it allegedly violates Russia. In response, on 2 February Vladimir Putin said that Moscow would suspend its participation in the INF Treaty. In the end, the agreement was terminated on 2 August.
The claims of Washington belong to the rocket 9М729 experienced by the defense Ministry. The US authorities claim that this new missile violates the terms of the INF Treaty. In Moscow, however, said that had never experienced the rocket at a range in excess of 500 km, specified in the agreement.
Shortly after the suspension of the INF Treaty trump announced the intention to conclude a new “best” is an international agreement.
“I hope we will be able to collect all in a large and beautiful room and sign a new contract, which will be much better. I would have undoubtedly wanted to see it,” said he.
The Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles was signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary CPSU Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington in 1987. This document imposed a ban on the use and development of rockets of small (from 500 to 1 thousand km) and medium (from 1 thousand to 5.5 thousand km) range, which could be deployed on land. Soon after 10 years, the majority of warheads and carriers were eliminated by the parties.
It is known that in the US today are seriously considering calls from the country of China, setting in the defense doctrine of Beijing and Moscow to the place of the “revisionist powers” that defy Washington.
“Russian threat”, despite the last words of Stoltenberg about its absence, remains the main engine of the war machine of the Alliance, so one can hardly speak about the change in NATO policy towards Moscow.