NATO countries will continue to pursue a policy of nuclear deterrence, including by improving nuclear capabilities, the NATO summit communiqué said.

“Nuclear deterrence is a cornerstone of the Alliance’s security… NATO remains committed to taking all necessary measures to ensure the credibility, effectiveness, security of the Alliance’s nuclear deterrence mission, including by modernising its nuclear capabilities,” the document said.

The declaration also asserts that “arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation have made and should continue to make a significant contribution to the Alliance’s security objectives.”

As long as nuclear weapons exist, NATO will remain a nuclear alliance, the document said.

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