UPDATED 6:43 AM PT — Thurs. Dec. 6, 2018
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Russia to comply with the nuclear treaty. In a statement Wednesday, Stoltenberg warned Russia to cease its suspected violations of the 1987 Treaty on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces — known as the INF.
The NATO chief said the alliance is also preparing a contingency plan in case the Kremlin fails to comply and the U.S. pulls out of the accord.
This comes after State Secretary Mike Pompeo threatened U.S. withdrawal from the treaty if Russia does not comply within 60-days.
Stoltenberg said a compromise solution is still possible.
“There are no new U.S. missiles in Europe, but there are new Russian missiles, SSC-8, they are mobile, they are hard to detect, they are nuclear capable,” he stated. “Several allies announced in the meeting yesterday that they will raise this issue, INF issue, with Russia bilaterally.”
Stoltenberg also said NATO officials will discuss the issues of INF compliance at the upcoming NATO-Russia Council.