NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday in the first day of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the Level of Defence Ministers, where he voiced NATO's "full support" to US move to suspend its obligations under the intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty (INF Treaty).
"All 29 allies agree that SSC8 missile system deployed by Russia is a significant risk to our security. It is mobile and hard to detect, it can reach European cities with little warning, carrying a conventional or nuclear warhead. And it lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons," said Stoltenberg.
He added that since the process is set to take six months, "Russia still has a chance to come back into compliance and we call on Russia to take this opportunity. Russia knows what to do. All allies stand ready to engage further with Russia but we are also preparing for a world without the INF Treaty."
The INF Treaty was originally signed in 1987 by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, to eliminate the US and Soviet stocks of intermediate-range and shorter-range landed-based missiles.