NATO Defence Ministers agree response to Russian missile challenge, address missions in Afghanistan and Iraq

  • 17 Jun. 2020 -
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  • Last updated: 17 Jun. 2020 19:21

NATO Defence Ministers met by secure video conference on Wednesday (17 June 2020), making decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence. In response to Russia’s growing arsenal of nuclear-capable missiles, Allies agreed a balanced package of political and military measures, including strengthened air and missile defence, advanced conventional capabilities, intelligence, exercises, and steps to keep NATO’s nuclear deterrent safe, secure and effective.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also stressed the Alliance’s commitment to arms control, saying: “We will maintain our deterrence and defence but we will not mirror Russia. We have no intention to deploy new land-based nuclear missiles in Europe.” Ministers also addressed NATO’s missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, which play a key role in the fight against international terrorism.

Read the transcript of the Secretary General's press conference here.