NATO allies may not deploy more nuclear weapons in Europe in response to alleged Russian breach of a nuclear arms control treaty which Washington is pulling out of, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.
The NATO chief said that the U.S. was in full compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
He said that Russia’s decision to develop, what he said, was a ground-launched SSC-8 cruise missile meant that the treaty was no longer “effective”.
“All allies agree that the U.S. in full compliance … the problem, the threat, the challenge is Russian behaviour,” Stoltenberg said.
U.S. senior official, John Bolton, said on Tuesday after meeting with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, that Washington would press ahead with a plan to quit a landmark nuclear arms control pact despite objections from Russia and some European countries.
“I don’t foresee that European allies will deploy more nuclear weapons as a response,” he said in his first comment on the issue since U.S. President, Donald Trump, announced his intention to withdraw from the treaty.