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NATO to France: We can't protect whole Europe with nuclear weapons

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 16, 2020
NATO’s chief has rejected a France President Emmanuel Macron' call to put the country’s nuclear deterrence capabilities at the center of defense strategies adopted by the European Union (EU) members.
Jens Stoltenberg
Security in Europe   Jens Stoltenberg
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference yesterday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg dismissed Macron’s call for a European “strategic dialog” about the role of France’s nuclear weapons and said a “tried and tested” deterrent was already in place.

Topics: NATO France Europe nuclear weapons

Hailing France as a “highly valued ally” whose nuclear capabilities contributed to NATO’s overall security, Stoltenberg said, however, that Europe was already protected by what he called nuclear deterrence by the atomic weapons of member states Britain and the U.S.

“We have to remember that we have a European nuclear deterrent today — 28 allies deliver that every day and it’s not only a promise, but it’s something that has been there for decades,” Stoltenberg told reporters at the international conference. “It’s tried and tested, we exercise it, and it’s institutionalized, and it is the ultimate security guarantee for Europe.”