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“Russia not acting as responsible nuclear power,”NATO commander

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Published on June 19, 2015 with No Comments

NATO`s top commander said that Russia`s announcement that it was adding 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal was not the kind of behaviour expected of a responsible nuclear power.
“This is not a way that responsible nuclear nations behave,” US Air Force General and NATO supreme allied commander Philip Breedlove told Reuters during a visit to Poland. “A rhetoric which ratchets up tensions in a nuclear sense is not a responsible behaviour and we seek and ask that nuclear nations handle this particular type of weapon in a more responsible way.”
Following Putin`s announcement, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg accused Russia of nuclear sabre rattling, describing it as “destabilising and dangerous”.
Speaking to media Stoltenberg said Russia was investing heavily in new military capabilities, including nuclear.”They are exercising more their nuclear forces, and they are also using nuclear rhetoric as part of their strategy,” Stoltenberg said.
But Russia has opposed any NATO expansion to former communist nations of eastern and southeast Europe, part of a competition for geostrategic influence since the end of the Cold War that lies at the heart of the current conflict in ex-Soviet Ukraine.”From a military point of view these nations have done the things that we need them to do,” Breedlove said.”To have the last sort of non-NATO nation like Montenegro in that area join (the alliance) would certainly make the military situation there simpler.”


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