Media: NATO is preparing response to Russia’s violation of Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

NATO is preparing a plan of action in response to the alleged violation of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty), as reported on Thursday on the website of the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. Radio and television broadcasters NDR and WDR have also reported this information.

The newspaper managed to view a copy of the classified document, which was sent out from Brussels to the member countries of the alliance. It lists 39 possible actions in response to the violation of the INF Treaty. In particular, the expansion of the early warning system, the strengthening of anti-submarine defense, and the more active use of B-52 bombers in Europe could be implemented. In addition, as a possible response, it suggested actions aimed at "nuclear deterrence," however the article does not explain what exactly is meant by this.

At the same time, the document entitled "What would be if," categorically excludes such options as the introduction of new sanctions against Russia or the withdrawal of the United States from the treaty, the newspaper writes.

  INF Treaty, NATO, Russia