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Stoltenberg clarifies his words on putting NATO's nuclear weapons on alert

Jun 18, 2024

NATO Secretary General Jens Stolteberg has clarified his comments that the Alliance is negotiating changes in the readiness of nuclear weapons due to the growing threat from Russia and China.

He said this after a meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., European Truth reports.


Stoltenberg noted that NATO has had a nuclear deterrent for decades, and "this is nothing new."

"The fact that we are modernizing this nuclear deterrent is also nothing new. We are replacing old aircraft, outdated aircraft, with new fifth-generation aircraft, and the United States is modernizing the weapons it deploys. So this is nothing new," the Alliance Secretary General said.

He noted that the modernization of NATO's nuclear deterrent has been going on for some time, and "we have been transparent about it, it has been reported for many years."

Stoltenberg emphasized that NATO does not plan to increase the number of nuclear weapons.

"This is a modernization of the nuclear deterrent that we have had for many years. This is nothing new, and we have been talking about this for a long time," he added once again.

Author - Dmitriy Levchenko, 18/06/2024  

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