NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg warns US nuclear warheads should not be removed from Germany because of threat from Russia.
The Kinzhal is the latest Russian airborne system that consists of a MiG-31K aircraft as a delivery vehicle and a hypersonic missile.
The Kinzhal missile is the airborne version of the Iskander tactical missile system.
Another hypersonic missile was created for the Su-57 fifth-generation fighter.
But, amid the perceived threats from Moscow, a member of Chancellor Merkel’s governing coalition has argued for the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from the country’s airbases.
German opposition party the SPD has also demanded that US nuclear weapons should be removed from Germany.
The general’s claims that it is only Russia that is integrating nuclear weapons into its mainstream military is not wholly true, as the US scrapped the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty for that very reason.
The US also withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019.
The US has not maintained an interest in advancing the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, called New START.