The statement by NATO’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, about the possibility of deploying weapons in Eastern Europe means that there is no longer a fundamental act with Russia for the alliance, as stated by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko.
“If he [Stoltenberg] really said that, it means that for NATO, whose collective voice the Secretary-General speaks, the founding act of Russia — NATO no longer exists,” Grushko said.
As specified, it goes about the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation signed in May 1997. According to this document, Russia and the alliance do not consider each other as opponents and should strive to “overcome the remnants of the previous confrontation and rivalry,” as well as establish mutual trust and cooperative relations.
Also, the document specifies that NATO does not intend to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of the new members of the alliance.
“The member States of NATO reiterate that they have no intention, no plan and no reason to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of new members, nor any need to change any aspect of NATO’s nuclear posture or nuclear policy – and do not foresee any future need to do so. This subsumes the fact that NATO has decided that it has no intention, no plan, and no reason to establish nuclear weapon storage sites on the territory of those members, whether through the construction of new nuclear storage facilities or the adaptation of old nuclear storage facilities,” the document states.