Kremlin confirmed on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Europe, NATO and Asia to abstain from deploying intermediate and short-range missiles, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
Earlier, Russian media reported that Mr Putin had sent a message to the leaders of several countries, including NATO members, with a proposal to introduce a moratorium on the deployment of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in Europe and other regions.
According to the letter, the moratorium on the INF missile deployment will require additional verification measures, especially in conditions where medium-range missile launchers have already been deployed in Europe.
Responding to the call, the German Cabinet said on Wednesday that it intended to discuss the message with their closest partners in NATO and the EU.
The same day, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu confirmed receiving the letter and said that NATO does not consider the proposal credible because of the Russian SSC-8 cruise missile.