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Belgium: NATO needs stronger ballistic missile defence due to Iran tests - Stoltenberg02:21

Belgium: NATO needs stronger ballistic missile defence due to Iran tests - Stoltenberg

Belgium, Brussels
January 31, 2017 at 13:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated Iran's ballistic missile test over the weekend underlined the need for the Alliance to continue developing its ballistic missile defence system, while speaking at a joint press conference with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev in Brussels, Tuesday.

Stoltenberg noted that NATO Ballistic Missile Defence System "is not directed against Russia, it's directed against threats coming from outside the Euro-Atlantic area."

He continued, "NATO does not want confrontation with Russia. We don't seek confrontation with Russia. We don't want a new Cold War so our response is measured. It is transparent and it is defensive. But it sends a clear signal that we stand together, that all allies are ready to protect each other, defending one another."

However, according to Stoltenberg, NATO responded to "more assertive Russia," terrorism as well as cyber-attacks by "increasing our presence both in the south east of the Alliance, and in the Baltic countries and in Poland."

"We are strengthening our presence in the Black Sea region, with a package of measures on land, at sea and in the air. And we will finalise this work at our meeting of defence ministers in February."

Belgium: NATO needs stronger ballistic missile defence due to Iran tests - Stoltenberg02:21
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated Iran's ballistic missile test over the weekend underlined the need for the Alliance to continue developing its ballistic missile defence system, while speaking at a joint press conference with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev in Brussels, Tuesday.

Stoltenberg noted that NATO Ballistic Missile Defence System "is not directed against Russia, it's directed against threats coming from outside the Euro-Atlantic area."

He continued, "NATO does not want confrontation with Russia. We don't seek confrontation with Russia. We don't want a new Cold War so our response is measured. It is transparent and it is defensive. But it sends a clear signal that we stand together, that all allies are ready to protect each other, defending one another."

However, according to Stoltenberg, NATO responded to "more assertive Russia," terrorism as well as cyber-attacks by "increasing our presence both in the south east of the Alliance, and in the Baltic countries and in Poland."

"We are strengthening our presence in the Black Sea region, with a package of measures on land, at sea and in the air. And we will finalise this work at our meeting of defence ministers in February."