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NATO chief vows response to Russian missile pact violations


BRUSSELS: NATO's secretary-general says the alliance will reply to what it insists are Russian violations of a key Cold War-era treaty but won't station extra nuclear missiles in Europe.


Jens Stoltenberg mentioned Tuesday that "any steps we take will be coordinated, measured and defensive, and we do not intend to deploy new ground-based nuclear missiles in Europe."


On Feb. 2, the United States launched the six-month technique of leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty it agreed bilaterally with the Soviet Union in 1987, citing Russian violations. Moscow denies any infringements.


The pact bans manufacturing, checking out and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a variety of 500-Five,500 kilometers (310-Three,400 miles).


Stoltenberg says NATO ministers will discuss Wednesday "what steps NATO should take to adapt to a world with more Russian missiles."


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