U.S. Open to Russia Nuclear Treaty and Warns Turkey on Arms

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"Our main focus now is to preserve the treaty and there is a window of opportunity for Russian Federation to come back into compliance", Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said before a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Wednesday.

The Pentagon believes that Russia's ground-fired Novator 9M729 cruise missile - known in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation parlance as the SSC-8 - could give Moscow the ability to launch a nuclear strike in Europe with little or no notice.

Mr Stoltenberg reiterated Russian Federation has breached the treaty multiple times, saying: "All European allies agree with the United States because Russian Federation has violated the treaty for several years".

2 launched the six-month process of leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty it signed with the Soviet Union in 1987, insisting that a new Russian missile system violates the pact.

He said they will today discuss "what steps North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should take to adapt to a world with more Russian missiles".

Alliance meeting: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence chief Jens Stoltenberg has talks with defence ministers today.

Stoltenberg's comments came after Russia's Ministry of Defense said last Thursday that the United States should destroy its MK-41 missile defense systems deployed in Romania in order to return to compliance.

"Then of course we have a wide range of other options, conventional and other options, but I will not speculate on them now", Stoltenberg said. He declined to say what measures are being considered.

"It's important that we don't start hierarchising or excluding individual points now, but really leave the whole palette on the table", she told reporters.

Stoltenberg said the new Russian missiles were just the latest example of Moscow's increasingly assertive posture.

"At the same time, we are planning for a world without the INF Treaty".

While Washington and Moscow are at odds over the INF, the treaty does nothing to constrain China, whose fast-growing military depends on medium-range missiles as a key aspect of its defense strategy. "And we don't have any intention to deploy new nuclear land-based weapon systems in Europe".

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who signed the INF treaty with then USA president Ronald Reagan, launched a stinging attack on Washington over its exit from the pact on Wednesday.