NATO is concerned about the growing missile capabilities of China and Russia and calls for more transparency, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in his speech at the opening of the annual NATO conference on arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The conference, now in its seventeenth year, is being organized by the North Atlantic Alliance together with the Danish Foreign Ministry on September 6-7.
“Russia continues to ignore and violate the rules. Russia is developing its nuclear capabilities, including intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Stoltenberg said.
According to the secretary general, Russia has introduced supersonic systems, tested air-launched ballistic missiles and nuclear-powered cruise missiles. China is rapidly building up its nuclear capability. All of this is happening without any constraint or transparency and is cause for concern. Stoltenberg noted that transparency and predictability are in the common interest.
He said he believes NATO is an excellent platform to discuss these threats.