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3 April, Friday


'NATO intends to avoid expensive arm race with Russia' - Stoltenberg says

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NATO would like to avoid a costly arms race with Russia, and this would require development of new weapons control measures, especially new generation missiles, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, Eurasia Diary reports citing TASS.

"We want to prevent or avoid a new arms race. Therefore, we are going to look into what more we can do related to arms control. A new arms race would be dangerous, and also extremely expensive. Therefore, we regret very much the demise of the [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, INF] Treaty. We will work on new effective arms control, because that's the best way to keep tensions down," the Secretary-General said.

He noted, however, that NATO also looks into its military capabilities, including "conventional capabilities" and "nuclear posture" to ensure the bloc provides deterrence even without the INF treaty.

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