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Rhetoric increases with approach of INF Treaty deadline

22 July 2019

Rhetoric between NATO and Russia over the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty has increased with the approach of the August deadline for compliance, with no resolution in sight.

The NATO position on the INF treaty has been much the same since this issue emerged in 2013. “We will not mirror what Russia is doing, meaning that we will not deploy, we don’t have an intention of deploying new ground-launched nuclear missiles in Europe,” NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on 17 July. “But we have other options: conventional, we have missile defence, we have increased readiness of our forces,” he added.

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