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NATO chief leaves all options open to counter Russia missile

Acting U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 26, 201...
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, right, arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 26, 201...

Acting U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 26, 201...

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, right, arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 26, 201...

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has refused to rule out the possibility that the military alliance might adapt its nascent missile defense shield to counter the potential threat posed by a new Russian missile system.

In February, the United States began the 6-month process of withdrawing from the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty agreed with the then Soviet Union, insisting that Russia's SSC-8 missiles contravenes the pact.

The INF treaty will end on August 2 unless Russia changes its mind. NATO defense ministers were meeting Wednesday to weigh their options.

Asked whether NATO might use the multi-billion-dollar shield against Russia's SSC-8 missiles, Stoltenberg said he would not divulge "exactly what we will do because we are still focused on how we can get Russia back into compliance."


Updated : 2021-04-19 02:04 GMT+08:00