Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is no longer includes a discussion on an atomic retrofitting in Europe.
Should hold Russia to its cruise missiles of the type SSC-8, stay on the defence Alliance “is nothing else left but to respond,” said the Norwegian, the German press Agency in an Interview at the turn of the year. On possible elements of a response he didn’t want to speculate, however, as this “would make a difficult Situation more difficult”. Basically, there are “many different ways, such as Nato, might respond”.
Mr Stoltenberg stressed that he was committed to the dialogue with Moscow. However, it should be Russia, the break-currently the INF Treaty on the renunciation of nuclear medium-range weapons. “Currently, there are no new US cruise missiles in Europe, but there is a new Russian cruise missiles,” he said. The SSC-8 is for mobile use, with nuclear warheads to equip, and could reach European cities. If Russia Treaty will not again true, it was “a big Problem”.
As a possible date for a first debate on the topic of retrofitting is at the Nato defense Ministers meeting in mid-February. The United States had set Moscow at the beginning of December an Ultimatum of 60 days, to the destruction of the SSC-8 pledge. If Russia violated the Treaty, it is for the USA no longer makes sense to remain in the Treaty, said at the time, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Thus, the US could start, theoretically, already at the beginning of February, for its part, the construction of new nuclear medium-range systems.
For a turn-in Russia there are so far no signs of that. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin rejects the allegations of breach of contract and under the US-government, the use of allegations only as a pretext for their own armament program. He alludes to the fact that the U.S. military are complaining for some time about the fact that from the time of the Cold war INF Treaty, only American and Russians, but not emerging military powers such as China binds.
For Europe is a key factor in the development, because it would give to the development of new U.S. weapons, in all likelihood, a discussion about its deployment in Europe. In the opinion of the military strategic equilibrium and deterrence, could only in the long term.
In Germany, can be seen such scenarios is highly critical. “Nuclear proliferation is certainly the wrong answer,” said the recent Federal foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The retrofitting of logic come from the Cold war, and not helping to answer the questions of today. “A stationing of new medium-range missiles would be launched in Germany on wide resistance,” he said.
Stoltenberg expressed however the hope that Nato will stand together in the case of the cases. The foreign Ministers ‘ meeting in December had shown from his point of view, that there is the will, the thing in common in the framework of the Nato to tackle, he said. Russia should relent not, it is necessary to evaluate carefully the possible consequences of the different options for action analyze. “In the end a community decision of Nato should be,” says Stoltenberg.