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NATO Secretary General and the head of the Pentagon will discuss "the answer to the Russian missiles"

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Prime Minister mark Esper at the meeting in Brussels will discuss the "joint response to the Russian missiles".

"We work together on a balanced response to the new Russian missiles that we consider dangerous and destabilizing", - said Stoltenberg before the meeting.

Statements about the "Russian threat" is periodically heard from the lips of Western politicians, mostly from the Baltic countries and Poland. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that Russia will never attack any of the NATO countries. According to the head of the Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, NATO is well aware of the lack of Moscow plans to attack anyone, but just enjoy the excuse to place more vehicles and battalions near the Russian border. Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern over the buildup of NATO in Europe.

Stoltenberg also noted that China should participate in the arms control. "We welcome the talks between the US and Russia on arms control, and we agree that China as a rising power, should also take part in arms control," - said the NATO Secretary General.

Russian-American consultations on strategic stability issues took place in Vienna on 22-23 June. The parties discussed the issue of extending the Contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms (start-3), which was signed in 2010 and expires in February 2021, the maintenance of stability and predictability in the conditions of the termination of the INF Treaty. At the consultations, the sides confirmed the launch of the working group on space and a number of others.

The US administration at different levels emphasizes the need for the inclusion of China in the negotiation of a new trilateral nuclear agreement between Russia, China and the United States. In Beijing, this idea is rejected.

The head of the Ministry of defense of the NATO countries at the meeting on 17-18 June, agreed on a package of military and political measures against the backdrop of expanding Russia's missile capabilities. These measures include the strengthening of integrated air defense systems of the allies, the strengthening of conventional military capacities. As well as intelligence gathering and modification of military exercises.