The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) condemned Sunday the “Russian rhetoric” on the deployment of “tactical” nuclear weapons in Belarus, considering it “dangerous and irresponsible”.
“NATO is cautious and we are watching the situation closely,” said NATO spokeswoman Oana Lunescu, adding, “We have not seen any changes in the Russian nuclear position that would prompt us to modify our position.”
“Russia’s reference to NATO’s nuclear partnership is completely misleading. NATO allies act in full respect of their international obligations,” Lungescu said.
She added, “Russia has consistently reneged on its arms control obligations, and recently suspended its participation in the New START treaty.”
Putin announced last month that Moscow would suspend its participation in the New START treaty, the last agreement between Russia and the United States to limit the number of nuclear weapons.
“Russia must once again respect its obligations and act in good faith,” the NATO spokeswoman added.