New Russian missiles are very dangerous, NATO Secretary General said
BRUSSELS, (BM) – At 60-year-old Stoltenberg, the past week was very stressful. At the Munich Security Conference, a gigantic gap emerged in views on security policy between the United States and Europe.
In a conversation with the Spiegel magazine correspondent, the Norwegian and NATO Secretary General touch upon issues such as the unity of the alliance’s policy with regard to Russia, climate change, and the difficult situation in the Middle East.
Russia has recently adopted new missiles, cruise missiles with nuclear warheads, as well as the most modern types of hypersonic weapons the Spiegel journalist noted. According to him [Spiegel journalist] Moscow is now far ahead of the West. He asked Stoltenberg how dangerous is this imbalance?
“New Russian missiles are very dangerous. They are mobile, easy to hide, they can fly to European cities in a very short time. This not only lowers the threshold for using nuclear weapons, but also increases the risks associated with an incorrect assessment of the situation” Stoltenberg said.
According to Spiegel journalist NATO does not want to deploy new nuclear missiles in Europe, at least on the ground. However, today the United States is deploying missiles with smaller nuclear warheads, and also plans to deploy sea-based cruise missiles that can be equipped with nuclear warheads.
“We will not do what Russia does. However, our deterrence must remain convincing, which means that we must adapt to new conditions – in this case, new Russian weapons. In addition, we intend to strengthen the disarmament and arms control process” Stoltenberg said.
On the question what Stoltenberg think about the theory that Russia considering the possibility of launching a first strike using tactical nuclear weapons in Europe, Stoltenbers answered:
“NATO wants to prevent conflicts. And the principle “One for all, all for one” serves as the basis for it. If one of the allies is attacked, we will all react together. This is the basis of convincing deterrence. Secondly, the United States is increasing its military presence in Europe. This is the best way to show that they feel responsible for their European allies. Third, NATO has a nuclear deterrent potential in Europe”
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