NATO defence ministers have discussed how to prepare for a potential Russian nuclear attack against Ukraine and maximise the alliance’s nuclear deterrent.
“NATO’s nuclear deterrence preserves peace, prevents coercion and deters aggression,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after the gathering in Brussels. Putin’s “nuclear rhetoric is dangerous and irresponsible”, he said.
Ministers of 29 of the 30 alliance’s member states took part in a classified meeting of the so-called “Nuclear Planning Group” to assess the latest developments and threats by Putin.
France, currently the only nuclear power in the EU, abstained from the consultations as usual since it relies on the principle of “nuclear independence”.
Al Jazeera’s Natasha Butler has more on the summit, from Brussels.
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