Stoltenberg: NATO Negotiating to Put Nuclear Weapons on Standby

NATO is discussing deploying more nuclear weapons, taking them out of storage and putting them on standby in the face of the growing threat from Russia and China, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said

by Sededin Dedovic
Stoltenberg: NATO Negotiating to Put Nuclear Weapons on Standby
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned that Moscow could use nuclear weapons to defend itself under extreme circumstances. Earlier, Stoltenberg stated that nuclear weapons are NATO's "ultimate security guarantee" and a means to preserve peace.

NATO is discussing deploying more nuclear weapons, removing arms from storage, and placing them on alert given the increasing threat from Russia and China, the alliance chief said on Monday. Jens Stoltenberg told the British newspaper Telegraph that NATO members are discussing using transparency regarding their nuclear arsenal as a deterrent.

“I will not discuss operational details about how many nuclear warheads should be deployed and which will be stored, but we need to consult on these issues. That is exactly what we are doing,” he said. “Transparency helps convey a direct message that we are, of course, a nuclear alliance”.

Nuclear Weapons

“NATO's goal is, of course, a world without nuclear weapons, but as long as nuclear weapons exist, we will remain a nuclear alliance because a world where Russia, China, and North Korea have nuclear weapons, and NATO does not, is a more dangerous world”.

Last week, Stoltenberg stated that nuclear weapons are NATO's “ultimate security guarantee” and a means to preserve peace. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned that Moscow could use nuclear weapons to defend itself under extreme circumstances.

Moscow accuses the United States and its European allies of pushing the world to the brink of nuclear conflict by supplying Ukraine with billions of dollars worth of weapons, which are used to attack Russian territory. NATO, which has taken on a greater role in coordinating military aid for Kyiv, rarely publicly speaks about nuclear weapons, although it is known that the US has nuclear bombs deployed in several locations in Europe.

The US, together with Europe, is the largest financier of Ukraine and its struggle for freedom and independence.

The war is reaching a peak as summer 2024 arrives

Fighting is taking place almost along the entire front line.

Russian forces carried out a series of attacks in the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, and Donetsk regions in the past 24 hours, according to Ukrainian officials. On the other hand, Moscow claims that the Russian army has taken control of the settlement of Zagornoje in the Zaporizhzhia region.

While the fighting was ongoing at the front, a two-day peace summit on Ukraine concluded in Switzerland with the adoption of a joint declaration. The declaration, stating that Ukraine's territorial integrity is the basis for any peace agreement, was signed by more than 80 countries.

However, the BRICS countries, as well as Mexico, Indonesia, and Thailand, did not sign the document. Reacting to the adoption of the declaration, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Moscow should withdraw from Ukrainian territory for negotiations to "begin tomorrow." Zelensky believes that Russia and its leadership are "not ready for a just peace."

Ukraine Peace Summit Held At Burgenstock Resort Near Lucerne© Sedat Suna / Getty Images

The current President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, simultaneously pointed out that the path to peace in Ukraine will require patience and determination.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin announced that Moscow does not rule out talks with Kyiv but demands guarantees and consideration of the real situation on the ground. Western leaders attending the summit sharply rejected Putin's proposal.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni called this plan "propaganda," while her British counterpart, Rishi Sunak, accused Putin of "spinning a false narrative that he is ready to negotiate." German Chancellor Olaf Scholz dismissed the proposal as a "dictatorial peace." Andriy Yermak, the head of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's office, told the BBC that there will be "no compromise on independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity." Zelensky previously stated that Ukraine wants to "give diplomacy a chance" and demonstrate that "collective efforts" can stop wars.

However, Ukraine rejected Putin's conditions for a ceasefire as "an insult to common sense," and Putin does not accept any peace processes on Ukraine's terms. The allies' support for Ukraine continues. Norway announced it will send $73 million to Ukraine for the reconstruction of energy infrastructure.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his country plans to organize an international meeting of foreign ministers dedicated to the victims of the war in Ukraine. However, not everyone supports Ukraine, and one of them is our former president Trump.

Fear of Trump's Victory

Donald Trump condemned the extent of American support for Ukraine and said that if re-elected in November, he would "resolve it immediately." At a campaign rally in Detroit, Trump criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, calling him "the greatest trader of all time" for his efforts to secure as much US support as possible in defending Ukraine from Russian aggression.

“Four days ago, he left with $60 billion, went home, and said he needed another $60 billion. There is no end to it, and I will resolve it as elected president before I enter the White House,” Trump said, according to Politico.

Western allies of Ukraine are working to secure long-term assistance to Kyiv out of fear that Trump’s re-election could diminish American support. The Biden administration extended long-term security guarantees to Ukraine last week after Congress approved more than $60 billion in aid to Ukraine in April.

NATO members adopted a plan last week for the military alliance to take over the leadership in coordinating military aid to Ukraine from the US.

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