Stoltenberg: NATO mulls options in post-INF world, doesn't want arms race with Russia

Stoltenberg: NATO mulls options in post-INF world, doesn't want arms race with Russia

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the Western military alliance wants to avoid sparking "a new arms race" with Russia, RadioLiberty reported.

Stoltenberg was speaking on February 13 at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where the alliance's defense ministers were discussing what to do if the bilateral 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between Washington and Moscow is abandoned -- as now appears almost certain.

"This is very serious. We will take our time," Stoltenberg said, adding that NATO's response "will be measured and it will be defensive because we don't want a new arms race."

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