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Alliance adapts its nuclear arsenal to possible threats – Stoltenberg

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun13,2024

The alliance is adapting its nuclear arsenal to possible threats, – Stoltenberg

Photo: Jens Stoltenberg

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, June 12, highlighted for the first time in a long time the Western Alliance's efforts to adapt its capabilities to current security threats, noting aggressive rhetoric from Russian authorities and nuclear exercises conducted by Moscow.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a two-day meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, during which the alliance's nuclear planning group will meet, he called nuclear weapons “the main guarantee of security” NATO and a means of maintaining peace, reports Reuters.

Although it is well known that the United States has stationed nuclear weapons in several European countries, NATO rarely discusses this issue publicly.

Speaking of what he called "constant adaptation" NATO's nuclear arsenal, Stoltenberg said the Netherlands fielded its first nuclear-capable F-35 fighter jets in June, noting that the United States is modernizing its nuclear weapons in Europe.

He noted increased Russian activity in the field its nuclear capabilities. "What we have seen in recent years and months is dangerous nuclear rhetoric from Russia… We are also seeing more exercises, nuclear exercises from the Russian side,"he said.

On Tuesday, June 11, Russia said its troops had begun the second stage of exercises on the practical deployment of tactical nuclear weapons alongside Belarusian troops following what Moscow called threats from Western powers.

Since then As Russia sent many thousands of its soldiers to Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that Moscow could use nuclear weapons to defend the country in extreme situations.

Russia accuses the US and its European allies of pushing world to a nuclear confrontation by providing Ukraine with billions of dollars in weapons, some of which are used on Russian soil.

Stoltenberg also mentioned modernizing China's nuclear capabilities, saying Beijing is expected to increase the number of nuclear missiles within a few years, and many of them will be able to reach NATO territory.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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