At the meeting, which will take place February 5, the defense ministers of the member countries of the Alliance will discuss the nuclear threat from Russia, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine writes. The meeting will take place within the framework of the "Nuclear Planning Group." The event will be attended by the heads of the military structures of NATO countries except France.
This time the meeting will not take place as usual. According to the newspaper, the defense ministers will acquaint themselves with the material on the analysis of threats from Russia and discuss its likely implications for NATO's nuclear strategy. The meeting with the participation of France, which will not attend NATO nuclear integration, will be held later.
The motive for the meeting were the fears of Eastern and Northern European countries, due to the fact that in recent years Russian Tu-22M and Tu-95N strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons on board have increasingly flown near the borders of the European countries. Last December, NATO had to intercept and escort Russian warplanes over the Baltic Sea for three consecutive days. Earlier, in September and October, strategic bombers were seen in the European Atlantic coast. It is noteworthy that in all such incidents Russian aircraft did not actuate identification signals and did not coordinate their route with civil terrestrial services.
"Alliance fighter jets while patrolling Baltic airspace made more than 150 flights in 2014, or four times more than in the previous year, to [intercept] Russian fighter bombers," the newspaper writes, referring to NATO.
In addition, within the "Nuclear Planning Group" the ministers will discuss the testing of the new Russian missile, which, according to the U.S. violates the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range signed in 1987 by.