NATO Secretary General: Alliance will strengthen air defense and missile defense in response to Russian missile threat

By | June 18, 2020
NATO Secretary General: Alliance will strengthen air defense and missile defense in response to Russian missile threat

According to Jens Stoltenberg, NATO member countries will purchase Patriot systems and fifth-generation fighters

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference Wednesday after the first day of a virtual meeting of Alliance defense ministers that the Allies agreed on a common response to an increase in the nuclear missile threat from Russia.

Stoltenberg told reporters that NATO defense ministers dedicated a separate conversation to Moscow’s new capabilities on June 17: “We turned to the vast and growing Russian arsenal of missiles capable of carrying a nuclear charge, and the consequences for NATO’s security. Last year, Russia’s deployment of SSC-8 missiles led to the termination of the INF Treaty. SSC-8 missiles can be used in two ways, mobile, and difficult to detect. “They can reach European cities with a short warning time and lower the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.”

NATO Secretary-General also mentioned Russia’s development of hypersonic weapons, its modernization of intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as the work that Moscow is carrying out on other modern weapons systems.

“For many years, we have also noted Russia’s irresponsible nuclear rhetoric aimed at intimidating and threatening NATO allies. Russia’s behavior is destabilizing and dangerous, ”said Jens Stoltenberg.

NATO’s response, according to its Secretary-General, was “agreeing on a balanced package of political and military elements,” including “strengthening our integrated air defense and missile defense.”

“A number of allies announced the acquisition of new air defense and missile defense systems, including Patriot and SAMP / T batteries (ground-to-air ground-based air defense systems manufactured by European countries – ed.). We also agreed to strengthen our advanced conventional weapons designs. The Allies are investing in these new capabilities, including fifth-generation fighters. We are also adapting our intelligence and exercises, ”said Jens Stoltenberg.

At the same time, the NATO Secretary-General reiterated his earlier statements that the alliance would not symmetrically respond to the deployment of new weapons by Russia and begin an arms race: “We are not trying to mirror Russia’s response, and we will not deploy new ground-based nuclear missiles in Europe. ”

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