BRUSSELS, (BM) – The Alliance is preparing a moderate and proportional response to Russia’s deployment of new missile weapons systems in Europe. This is one of the topics of the meeting of defense ministers in Brussels, a NATO expert said on condition of anonymity, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
She [NATO expert] expressed the opinion that Russian weapons systems, such as Avangard, Sarmat, Kinzhal, “increase the risk of escalation and misunderstanding,” while “hypersonic weapons pose new security challenges.”
In addition, she noted, the concern of members of the military-political bloc is causing an increase in Russia’s military activity in the international arena.
New missiles deployed at the European theater are mobile, easy to hide, and they can reach major European cities with short warning times. Like most Russian systems, they are dual-use, can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads, NATO expert quotes Interfax as saying.
At the same time, she emphasized that the Alliance does not intend to rush into retaliatory actions, therefore, it carefully considers options. Among Russia’s current containment measures are “the adaptation of exercises, reconnaissance and surveillance, missile defense and the improvement of conventional means.”
She assured that NATO would provide “the reliability and effectiveness of nuclear deterrence.” The alliance will take into account the entire Russian military doctrine, and not a mirror reaction to situational actions.
Earlier, NEWS.ru wrote that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Alliance members against a “costly arms race” with Russia.
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