Tuesday

16th Jul 2019

NATO prompts Russian nuclear rethink

  • VLADIMIR PUTIN - the Russian President warned that Russia would deploy its weapons if NATO continued its "offensive military doctrine" (Photo: NATO)

Russia has warned that it will drastically rethink its nuclear strategy, if NATO continues what it calls its "aggressive tendency", reports the Financial Times Deutschland.

A strategy document published yesterday by the Russian defence department said that the former Superpower would be forced to reconsider its military restructuring if NATO continues to exist as "a military alliance with an offensive military doctrine".

Read and decide

Join EUobserver today

Support quality EU news

Get instant access to all articles — and 18 year's of archives. 30 days free trial.

... or join as a group

This will also affect Russia's nuclear strategy. In a statement reminiscent of the Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a new generation of nuclear weapons - with multiple warheads and long-range capabilities - would replace Russia's old stock. However, Mr Putin gave no timeframe for the deployment of these missiles.

\"Terrible\" missiles

According to the FTD, Mr Putin said, "These are ...terrible missiles, of which we have dozens with several hundred warheads". These weapons are even now ready for use.

President Putin also announced that there would be no further reduction in the number of Russian troops - currently 1.6 million. The Red Army has halved since 1992.

Representatives from the Russian military warned against the expansion of NATO, saying that it was an attempt by the US to exert influence in former Soviet states. Despite this, defence minister Sergej Iwanow praised the improved state of Russian-US relations.

The threatening tone from the Kremlin will be a first test for the new Secretary-General of NATO, Dutchman Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Mr de Hoop Scheffer will take over from Lord Robertson on 1 January 2004.

Poland's ex-PM loses EU parliament chair again

Poland's former prime minister, Beata Szydlo, has cried foul after failing to get an EP committee chair a second time, in a fiasco which could spell trouble for the European Commission presidency vote on Tuesday.

Investigation

Farmers among new MEPs deciding on EU farming money

Renew Europe MEP Asger Christensen, from Denmark, earns €20,000 per month as a farmer. He became a member of the agriculture committee, which could create a conflict of interest situation.

Von der Leyen's EU vote far from sure

Unhappy socialist and liberal MEPs could upset German's bid to be next EU commission chief, making an even worse mess in the top jobs system.

Opinion

Weber: Six proposals in wake of Spitzenkandidat process

I will not lament the decision-making process that resulted in a package deal on the new leadership in Europe. I respect this result, which was in accordance with the treaties and therefore not undemocratic, albeit unsatisfactory.

Von der Leyen vote the focus This WEEK

MEPs will vote to confirm - or not - on Tuesday the new commission president, Ursula von der Leyen - a candidate put forward at the last minute by the EU leaders, and grilled by lawmakers recently in Brussels.

News in Brief

  1. EU states threaten Turkey with 'targeted' blacklists
  2. Iran one year away from nuclear weapon, UK warns EU
  3. US trade war slows China's economy
  4. UK, France, Germany call for dialogue with Iran
  5. EU satellite system temporarily offline
  6. New flaw detected in Brexit app for EU citizens
  7. Italian coalition clashes over Russian financing
  8. Germany wants 'coalition of willing' to distribute migrants

Von der Leyen vote the focus This WEEK

MEPs will vote to confirm - or not - on Tuesday the new commission president, Ursula von der Leyen - a candidate put forward at the last minute by the EU leaders, and grilled by lawmakers recently in Brussels.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. UNESDAUNESDA reduces added sugars 11.9% between 2015-2017
  2. International Partnership for Human RightsEU-Uzbekistan Human Rights Dialogue: EU to raise key fundamental rights issues
  3. Nordic Council of MinistersNo evidence that social media are harmful to young people
  4. Nordic Council of MinistersCanada to host the joint Nordic cultural initiative 2021
  5. Vote for the EU Sutainable Energy AwardsCast your vote for your favourite EUSEW Award finalist. You choose the winner of 2019 Citizen’s Award.
  6. Nordic Council of MinistersEducation gets refugees into work
  7. Counter BalanceSign the petition to help reform the EU’s Bank
  8. UNICEFChild rights organisations encourage candidates for EU elections to become Child Rights Champions
  9. UNESDAUNESDA Outlines 2019-2024 Aspirations: Sustainability, Responsibility, Competitiveness
  10. Counter BalanceRecord citizens’ input to EU bank’s consultation calls on EIB to abandon fossil fuels
  11. International Partnership for Human RightsAnnual EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Dialogue takes place in Ashgabat
  12. Nordic Council of MinistersNew campaign: spot, capture and share Traces of North

Join EUobserver

Support quality EU news

Join us