NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday ruled out deploying ground-based nuclear missiles to Europe, at a press conference in Warsaw, Poland.
He said the 29-nation alliance had already started planning for a world without the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
“It is too early to say the outcome of this process in NATO. But what I can say is that our response will be measured, it will be coordinated as a NATO Alliance, and we don’t have any intentions of deploying new nuclear missiles, land-based missiles, in Europe,” Stoltenberg said.
The US decision to suspend participation in the INF has prompted concerns of its European allies, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warning that Europe would be most vulnerable to any negative consequences of the potential collapse of the deal.