Russian request for missile freeze has 'zero credibility': Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg gives a news conference on the day the United States is set to pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Force Treaty (INF), in Brussels, Belgium, August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Russian request to declare a moratorium on the deployment of short and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe was not credible because Moscow had already deployed such warheads, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday.

“This is not a credible offer because Russia has deployed missiles for years. There is zero credibility in offering a moratorium on missiles they are already deploying,” Stoltenberg told a news conference.

“There are no new U.S. missiles, no new NATO missiles in Europe, but there are more and more new Russian missiles.”

Reporting by Robin Emmott, editing by Daphne Psaledakis