BRUSSELS — Moscow still has six months to come back into compliance with the INF treaty — but NATO is already planning for a future that includes a “Russia with more missiles.”

President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that the U.S. was withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, citing Russia’s development of the 9M729 - SSC-8 ground based cruise missile, which could deliver nuclear warheads and whose estimated 500 to 5,500 kilometer range would violate the INF treaty.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that right now, the main focus “is to preserve the treaty,” adding that the withdrawal process will not complete until August. "At same time,” Stoltenberg said, “we are planning for future without an INF treaty and Russia with more missiles.”

However, in a background briefing with reporters, a NATO official acknowledged that there was no consensus yet on what the alliance will do if Russia does not destroy the missiles, launchers and associated training equipment.