“NATO may refuse to deploy land-based nuclear missiles in Europe.” The “Russia Today” TV station reported on this topic on the 14th that NATO may oppose the deployment of land-based nuclear missiles in Europe on the eve of the Russia-US summit. Russian military experts said that the decision will help ensure the security of Europe and reduce tensions between Russia and Europe.
According to “Russia Today” television station, the US “Defense News” quoted US and European officials as saying that NATO allies are prepared to formally oppose the deployment of land-based nuclear missiles in Europe. The draft communiqué scheduled to be released after the NATO summit in Brussels on June 14 will contain relevant provisions. This measure is seen as a way to ease tensions with Russia and lay the foundation for dialogue on arms control issues on the eve of the Russia-US summit in Geneva on the 16th.
Vladimir Bajuk, an expert at the Institute of American and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that NATO intends to announce that it will refuse to deploy land-based nuclear missiles in Europe. An attempt to fill in the gaps. If the decision is finally passed, it will be very important. Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has, for the first time, obtained a real opportunity to deploy medium-range ballistic missiles in Europe by unilaterally withdrawing from the “Intermediate-Range-Range Treaty.” This move will inevitably lead Russia to take retaliatory measures, and Europe is likely to become a battlefield for military conflicts between the United States and Russia. Therefore, if NATO’s latest decision can be approved, it will create favorable political conditions for the Russia-US summit and will have a positive impact on Europe’s strategic stability.
Sergey Yermakov, an expert at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, said that NATO’s main concern in this move is its own security. They know very well that the nuclear arms race and nuclear confrontation in Europe do not bode well for them. Ita-Tass said on the 14th that Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, said that this is for the safety of Europe itself. “Europe should not be a hostage to US military ambitions.” He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that Russia is not prepared to deploy the latest 9M729 land-based cruise missiles in the European part of Russia, but the condition is that NATO will take reciprocal measures. Russian military expert and retired colonel Victor Litovkin said: “If NATO makes such a decision, it will be a step in the right direction. We welcome this. Putin has repeatedly proposed NATO and the United States Reach an agreement not to deploy short- and medium-range missiles in Europe.”