NATO has given its final ultimatum to Russia to come in full compliance with Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaking at a presser concluding ministerial meetings in Brussels on Wednesday.
«Russia has the last chance to come in compliance with the INF treaty but at the same time we have to prepare for a world without the treaty... Еще,» lamented the NATO chief, alluding to Washington's threats on Tuesday, that it would leave the treaty if Russia refused to comply within 60 days.
Stoltenberg also addressed Afghanistan's security issues raised in the concluding ministerial meeting on Wednesday morning saying, «It may actually become worse before it becomes better in Afghanistan.»
The NATO chief touched upon EU and NATO's increased joint efforts as exemplified by the EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini joining the meetings at NATO headquarters earlier on Wednesday.
«As long as the EU efforts on defence compliment and not compete with NATO, then we strongly welcome those efforts,» said Stoltenberg.
The NATO foreign ministers' meetings took place in Brussels on December 4 and 5, and addressed a range of issues including the recent Kerch Strait incident, militancy in the Middle East and North Africa, and the INF Treaty, in addition to the situation in Afghanistan.