No plans to deploy nukes in Europe post-INF: NATO
Brussels, Feb 13 : NATO has outlined that it has no plans to deploy new ground-based systems with nuclear weapons in Europe if the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is terminated.
This comes after the United States announced that it was suspending its obligations under the arms control treaty from February 2 due to violations by Russia. This triggered a mirrored response from Moscow. Both the countries will officially exit in six months if efforts are not made towards a thaw in the impasse.
Meanwhile, NATO is geared to hold its meeting of Ministers of Defence in Brussels on February 13 and 14, where there will be a briefing on Arms Control and INF Treaty on Wednesday. :
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who had signed the treaty with former US President Ronald Reagan in 1987, has urged the United States to hold talks with Russia to prevent a destabilisation of the global strategic situation and a new arms race in the wake of the suspension of the Cold War-era treaty.
The accord, sealed in the waning days of the Soviet Union in 1987, bans ground-launched missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometres.