August 2, 2019 / 10:56 AM / 4 months ago

Russian request for missile freeze has 'zero credibility' - Stoltenberg

FILE PHOTO: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference after a NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Russian request to declare a moratorium on the deployment of short and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe was not credible because Moscow had already deployed such warheads, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday.

“This is not a credible offer because Russia has deployed missiles for years. There is zero credibility in offering a moratorium on missiles they are already deploying,” Stoltenberg told a news conference.

“There are no new U.S. missiles, no new NATO missiles in Europe, but there are more and more new Russian missiles.”

Reporting by Robin Emmott, editing by Daphne Psaledakis

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