NATO holds nuclear talks amid war tensions, Putin threats


              U.S. Secretary for Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, left, poses with Finland's Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen, center, and Sweden's Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist as they meet on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday as the military alliance presses ahead with plans to hold a nuclear exercise next week as concerns deepen over President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he will use any means necessary to defend Russian territory. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)
            
              NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday as the military alliance presses ahead with plans to hold a nuclear exercise next week as concerns deepen over President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he will use any means necessary to defend Russian territory. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              U.S. Secretary for Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, left, poses with Finland's Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen, center, and Sweden's Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist as they meet on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday as the military alliance presses ahead with plans to hold a nuclear exercise next week as concerns deepen over President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he will use any means necessary to defend Russian territory. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)
            
              NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday as the military alliance presses ahead with plans to hold a nuclear exercise next week as concerns deepen over President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he will use any means necessary to defend Russian territory. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              U.S. Secretary for Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, left, poses with Finland's Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen, center, and Sweden's Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist as they meet on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday as the military alliance presses ahead with plans to hold a nuclear exercise next week as concerns deepen over President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he will use any means necessary to defend Russian territory. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)
            
              NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday as the military alliance presses ahead with plans to hold a nuclear exercise next week as concerns deepen over President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he will use any means necessary to defend Russian territory. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              U.S. Secretary for Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, left, poses with Finland's Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen, center, and Sweden's Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist as they meet on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday as the military alliance presses ahead with plans to hold a nuclear exercise next week as concerns deepen over President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he will use any means necessary to defend Russian territory. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)
            
              NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday as the military alliance presses ahead with plans to hold a nuclear exercise next week as concerns deepen over President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he will use any means necessary to defend Russian territory. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              The bow of the Soviet submarine K-3 'Leninsky Komsomol' is transported by a platform along the street from the pier to the museum where it will be assembled with the stern and installed as a museum, in the city of Kronstadt, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. K-3 'Leninsky Komsomol' (NATO reporting project name "November"), the first nuclear submarine of the Soviet Union was built in 1957 and based in Soviet Navy's Northern Fleet in Murmansk region. In 1967, while transiting the Norwegian Sea, 39 crew members of K-3 died in bow compartments in the fire. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
            
              The bow of the Soviet submarine K-3 'Leninsky Komsomol' is transported by a platform along the street from the pier to the museum where it will be assembled with the stern and installed as a museum, in the city of Kronstadt, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. K-3 'Leninsky Komsomol' (NATO reporting project name "November"), the first nuclear submarine of the Soviet Union was built in 1957 and based in Soviet Navy's Northern Fleet in Murmansk region. In 1967, while transiting the Norwegian Sea, 39 crew members of K-3 died in bow compartments in the fire. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
            
              Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley attends a meeting of NATO defense ministers in the Ukraine Defense Contact Group format at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov gestures during a meeting of NATO defense ministers in the Ukraine Defense Contact Group format at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center, speaks with U.S. Secretary for Defense Lloyd J. Austin III prior to a media conference during a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels Thursday, aiming to help bolster Ukraine's aerial defenses, after a widespread Russian assault across the country early this week. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              U.S. Secretary for Defense Lloyd J. Austin III speaks during a media conference at a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels Thursday, aiming to help bolster Ukraine's aerial defenses, after a widespread Russian assault across the country early this week. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, and U.S. Secretary for Defense Lloyd J. Austin III participate in a media conference during a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels Thursday, aiming to help bolster Ukraine's aerial defenses, after a widespread Russian assault across the country early this week. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
NATO holds nuclear talks amid war tensions, Putin threats