INF treaty: Nato has no plans for more nuclear missiles in Europe

Nato is unlikely to deploy more nuclear weapons to Europe should an arms control treaty between Washington and Moscow collapse, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said.

Washington accuses Russia of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty and says it will withdraw from it.

Mr Stoltenberg agreed that Russia had probably violated the deal.

Thursday sees Nato begin its largest military exercise since the Cold War.

The operation is to repel a mock invasion of Norway and will involve all 29 members, as well as Finland and Sweden.

Image caption Nato drills include troops from across the alliance

Mr Stoltenberg said Nato did not seek confrontation but stood ready to defend all allies against any threat.

Why does the treaty matter for Europe?

Signed by the US and the USSR in 1987, the INF bans all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges, except sea-launched weapons.

The place where the US and Russia would probably use such missiles against each other is Europe.

That is why President Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw has led to concerns that a collapse of the INF would mean placing new missiles on the…

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