NATO Chief Warns US Congress of 'More Assertive Russia'
Thursday, 4 April 2019 18:27 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned the U.S. Congress Wednesday of the threat of a "more assertive Russia," saying that the West's key military alliance is not looking to start a new Cold War with Moscow but needs to deter its military aggression.

In an unprecedented address to a joint session of Congress on the 70th anniversary of NATO's creation at the end of World War II, Stoltenberg also said the 29-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization "has no intention of deploying land-based nuclear missiles in Europe." He accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which the U.S. says it is leaving because of Russian violations - a claim Russia has denied.

He said, "NATO will always take the necessary steps to provide credible and effective deterrence."

Stoltenberg called on NATO allies to spend more on defense, to meet the Western alliance's goal of each country spending at least 2 percent of the size of its national economy on defense by 2024, a standard only eight NATO countries currently meet.

Stoltenberg credited U.S. President Donald Trump, who once called NATO "obsolete," with pushing NATO countries to increase their defense spending and said, "It has had a real impact."

Source : VOA

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