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NATO in talks to put nuclear weapons on standby

NATO in talks to put nuclear weapons on standby

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NATO is in talks to deploy more nuclear weapons in the face of a growing threat from Russia and China.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated this in an interview with The Telegraph.

According to him, the Alliance should show its nuclear arsenal to the world to send a direct warning to its enemies.

Stoltenberg said that consultations were ongoing among NATO members to remove missiles from storage and put them on alert. He called for transparency to be used as a deterrent.

“I won’t go into operational details about how many nuclear warheads should be operational and which should be stored, but we need to consult on these issues. That’s exactly what we’re doing,” NATO Secretary General said.

Генеральний секретар НАТО Єнс Столтенберг. Фото: NATO

Stoltenberg said that “nuclear transparency” should’ve been a cornerstone of NATO’s nuclear strategy to prepare the alliance for what he called “a more dangerous world.”

The NATO Secretary General noted that transparency helped to declare that NATO was a nuclear alliance.

Stoltenberg warned that Beijing, in particular, was investing heavily in modern weapons, including its nuclear arsenal, which would grow to a thousand warheads by 2030.

“This means that in the near future, NATO may face something that the Alliance has never faced before, namely two potential adversaries with nuclear arsenals – China and Russia. Of course, this has consequences,” the Secretary General added.

He emphasized that the United States and European allies were currently modernizing their nuclear forces to deter the growing threat from Russia.

Pranay Vaddi, Senior Director for Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation at the National Security Council said that Washington might be forced to expand the deployment of strategic nuclear forces to deter threats from opponents.

Vaddi stressed that the United States had adhered to the international non-proliferation regime. But he recalled that Russia had refused to discuss a treaty that would replace the Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction Agreement (START-3) ending in 2026, and China hadn’t wanted to negotiate its growing nuclear arsenal.

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