NATO is ready for mutual arms control with Russia, including nuclear. The corresponding statement was made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the air of Polish Radio.
According to Stoltenberg, the West does not agree to a unilateral withdrawal of troops from the territory of the North Atlantic Alliance.
“We have the right to protect all allies with the presence of troops on the eastern flank. At the same time, the Union is open to mutual, equal, mutual arms control,” he stressed.
The Secretary General drew attention to the fact that control should be possible for verification.
“This applies to conventional and nuclear forces. We have seen in the past that arms control can reduce tension on both sides,” added Jens Stoltenberg.
The head of the alliance also assured that NATO would not compromise on the expansion of the organization and deployment of troops in the east.
All countries, as he noted, have the right to decide independently whether they want to enter the military-political bloc or not. At the same time, Stoltebreg called the right to protect all allies and deploy troops in the eastern part of the alliance key.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jens Stoltenberg discussed by phone Ukraine’s right to join NATO.