NATO opposed a treaty banning nuclear weapons. This was stated in a statement on the alliance’s website.
“We reaffirm our commitment to preserve and strengthen arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation (…). We oppose the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons because it does not reflect an increasingly complex international security environment and is also contrary to the current nonproliferation and disarmament architecture,” the press release said.
NATO underlined that as long as the countries violating international order have nuclear weapons and the alliance does not, security is out of the question. The alliance also invited the countries of the world to join the work “on strengthening collective security by means of tangible measures” that could reduce “strategic risks. The document did not specify what measures it was referring to.
The nuclear weapons treaty is to enter into force on January 22, 2021.
On November 30, Russia accused NATO of violating the nuclear weapons treaty. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called on the alliance to stop the practice of nuclear exchanges, which “leads to the fact that such weapons can be placed on the territory of non-nuclear member states of the alliance.