The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) secretary-general has warned that Russia’s violation of a key Cold War-era treaty is one of the most pressing security challenges for the alliance.
Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia to return to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which has been the cornerstone for arms control for decades.
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Mr Stoltenberg said after talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in Sofia that “Nato does not want a new cold war, we don’t want a new arms race and we call on Russia to come back into compliance with the INF Treaty”.
He added that at the same time Nato needs to be prepared for a world without the INF Treaty, and with more Russian missiles.
Mr Stoltenberg was in Bulgaria for the 15th anniversary of the country joining Nato.
- Press Association