Nato's secretary-general has said the alliance will respond to what it insists are Russian violations of a key Cold War-era treaty, but it will not station more nuclear missiles in Europe.
In a report by AP, Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, February 12th, that "any steps we take will be coordinated, measured and defensive, and we do not intend to deploy new ground-based nuclear missiles in Europe."
On February 2nd, the US launched the six-month process of leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty it agreed bilaterally with the Soviet Union in 1987, citing Russian violations. Moscow denies any infringements.
The pact bans production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometres (310-3,400 miles).
Stoltenberg said Nato ministers will discuss on February 13th "what steps Nato should take to adapt to a world with more Russian missiles."