The leaders of the NATO countries do not consider acceptable Russia’s proposal for a moratorium on the deployment of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles in Europe after the termination of the relevant treaty, according to the final statement of the summit.
“Russia’s proposal for a moratorium on the deployment of medium-range missiles in Europe runs counter to Russia’s unilateral and ongoing deployment of such systems on this continent and would not prevent Russia from building up the potential of such missiles outside its European territory; therefore, this proposal is not credible and is not acceptable,” the document says.
At the same time, NATO countries said they remained open to discussing arms control and dialogue, transparency, and confidence-building measures.
At the same time, the alliance will support NATO’s deterrence and defense capabilities. “The Alliance will continue to respond in a balanced and responsible manner to the significant security risks to NATO countries posed by the Russian 9M729 missile and other intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles,” the document says.