NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the increased activity of Russian submarines in the Atlantic ocean and called for the conclusion of new disarmament treaties.
The Atlantic remains the center for us. Here, by the way, a lot of things are happening, in recent years we have recorded in the Atlantic the most significant activity of Russian submarines in history — the head of the Alliance said.
Stoltenberg noted that the Russian Federation is currently modernizing its military capabilities and demonstrates its readiness to use them. He expressed concern about Russian military developments and stated the need for a new agreement on disarmament instead of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and short-range missiles (INF).
In February 2019, the US authorities announced the suspension of participation in this agreement. Washington explained its position by saying that the Russian 9m729 missile allegedly violates the Treaty in its parameters, and called on Moscow to destroy the weapon or modify it.
The Russian side has rejected all claims against it. In response to the US decision, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow was also suspending participation in the Treaty. He signed the corresponding law on July 3.