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NATO sees no signs of breakthrough on INF Treaty, says chief

The treaty is crucial to Euro-Atlantic security, Jens Stoltenberg has stressed
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS, January 25. /TASS/. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) does not see any signs of a breakthrough on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday following a NATO-Russia Council (NRC) meeting in Brussels.

"All members of the NATO-Russia Council agree that the Treaty has been crucial to Euro-Atlantic security. But the Treaty is now in jeopardy. And unfortunately, we have not seen any signs of a breakthrough," he said.

On Thursday, Stoltenberg said at the World Economic Forum that the alliance’s primary goal at the NRC meeting would be persuading Moscow to return to compliance with the INF Treaty.

NATO-Russia Council (NRC) meetings should be held in a situation where tensions between the parties remain high, NATO secretary general added.

"But that’s exactly why they are so important. And we remain committed to continuing our dialogue," he said, adding that the meeting was useful and professional.