Jens Stoltenberg: Burhan Ozbilici / AP
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance refuses to enter into a dangerous and expensive arms race with Russia. Video of the speech posted on his page in Facebook.
“We will respond to Russia’s actions, but will not mirror to respond to what Russia is doing,” said the Secretary General, responding to a question about the missile systems. He added that the Alliance wants to avoid a dangerous and expensive arms race, preferring that the control arms. While Stoltenberg has rejected the desire of NATO to deploy new nuclear missile launchers in Europe.
Earlier, Stoltenberg called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia to stop the attack on Pro-Turkish armed opposition in Idlib province. “We see that fighting is going on indiscriminately, we are deeply disturbed and we condemn it. We therefore call on the Assad regime and Russia, which supports Assad, to stop the attack,” he said at a press conference.
September 25, 2019 the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has invited several dozens of countries, including NATO members, to prohibit in Europe and other regions, the deployment of intermediate-range and shorter-range. The Alliance refused to take this step, arguing the decision by the fact that Russia has already deployed in Europe missile SSC-8 (so in the Alliance called 9М729 cruise missile complex “Iskander-M”).
Action missile Treaty of elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) was formally closed on 2 August. Washington broke the agreement, allegedly due to violations of its terms by the Russian side. Moscow has indicated unsubstantiated nature of the allegations and complained about the reluctance of the US to enter the dialogue.
Video, photo All from Russia.