NATO plans to continue work on the preservation of the
Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles
(INF), Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, TASS reports.
“NATO will continue to work to preserve the treaty and strengthen arms control. We will explore initiatives on this issue, ”said Stoltenberg.
He noted that NATO “will consider various options” in the event of the termination of the INF mode, in order to provide “credible deterrence and defense measures.”
Earlier, the Secretary General of the Alliance said that Russia and the United States completely dispersed in their positions on the INF Treaty, but it is important to continue the dialogue, as the chance to preserve the agreement remains. Stoltenberg added that within six months it will be possible to try to make “Russia return to its obligations.”
The USA on February 1 announced the suspension of the fulfillment of their obligations under the INF. Washington declared that it would withdraw from the treaty in six months, if Russia does not take action to return to its implementation.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with the Funke media group that NATO plans to continue working to preserve the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF).
“NATO will continue to work to preserve the treaty and strengthen arms control. We will study initiatives on this issue, ”Stoltenberg quotes TASS.
He said that NATO would “consider various options” in the event of the cessation of the INF regime, in order to provide “credible deterrent and defense measures”.
NATO intends to keep the INF Treaty and connect new states to it. For example, Northern Macedonia.
The protocol on the accession of Northern Macedonia to NATO entered for ratification by the Greek Parliament.
The Greek government is confident that the protocol will be ratified by at least 151 votes in the country’s 300-seat unicameral parliament.
At the same time, he added that NATO “does not want a new arms race.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in response to Washington’s actions, Moscow would suspend participation in the agreement.
The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of violating the INF. Russia strongly disagrees with the US opinion and noted that Washington did not comply with the terms of the treaty.
The DSRMD obliges the participants not to produce, test or deploy ballistic and cruise missiles of ground-based medium (from 1000 to 5500 kilometers) and short (from 500 to 1000 kilometers) range.