NATO to Review Nuclear Weapons Policy, Citing Russia

Officials Talk Up 'Refreshing' Nuclear Doctrine

With their latest two-day summit adding a new flurry of hostile rhetoric toward Russia, NATO officials are now openly talking about a wholesale review of their nuclear weapons police, saying the alliance’s nuclear doctrine may need “refreshing” given the latest acrimony with Russia.

NATO has been angry with Russia for awhile, citing the Russian Federation’s annexation of Crimea after the later’s secession from Ukraine last year. Since then, NATO has been dramatically building up military assets around the Russian frontier, claiming a risk of Russia invading Europe.

There is very real concern about the way Russia publicly bandies around nuclear stuff,” insisted one NATO diplomat, saying that it was only “due diligence” to prepare to ratchet up the alliance’s nuclear presence in Europe, something the US has been talking about doing for quite some time.

Incredibly, NATO continues to insist that they are not going to be dragged into a new arms race with Russia, though this claim comes amid major increases in military spending along the Russian frontier, and rhetoric suggesting that spending will continue to grow in the years to come. It may be a distinction without a difference, though, since either way Russia doesn’t seem to be significantly “racing” in its own spending and NATO likely outspends Russia along their mutual border at any rate.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.