NATO weighs boost to air defenses over Russia missile system

  • Acting U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper, left, speaks during a press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg prior to a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

BRUSSELS — NATO is considering beefing up European air and missile defenses and ramping up its war games plans should Russia fail to respect a Cold War-era nuclear missile treaty by August, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Wednesday.