NATO countries following the summit in Brussels may oppose the deployment of ground-based nuclear missiles in Europe, the Defense News magazine reports, citing sources in the EU and the Senate of the US Congress.
According to the magazine, such a proposal is being worked out for possible inclusion in the draft of the final communique.
NATO sees the move as a way to reduce tensions with Russia. This, Defense News notes, maybe “the first step in the dialogue on arms control” before the summit of the leaders of Russia and the United States in Geneva.
In October 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his readiness not to deploy medium-and shorter-range ground-based missiles on the European part of the country, as well as “weapons on the classification of which the parties could not agree”.
This, according to the head of state, will be possible in the case of counter steps from the American side.
Immediately after the inauguration, US President Joe Biden agreed with the Russian side to extend START-3.