MOSCOW, April 3 – RIA Novosti. Poland’s proposal to deploy US nuclear weapons in the country is a provocation, a desire to get under Washington’s nuclear umbrella, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev told RIA Novosti on Sunday.
Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the National Security and Defense Committee Jaroslaw Kaczynski said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag that Poland is ready to host US nuclear weapons.
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“As you know, the Americans keep nuclear weapons (about 150 B61 tactical thermonuclear aerial bombs) at six of their military bases in five European countries – (these are) Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey,” the politician said.
According to him, the very fact of deploying this most dangerous type of weapon of mass destruction outside the national territory is a threat to Europe, including Russia. At the same time, “Russia has repeatedly proposed to the United States to agree on the inadmissibility of deploying nuclear weapons outside the national territories, but has not received a response,” he stressed.
“The current initiative of a high-ranking Polish politician is yet another provocation, which is aimed solely at firstly reminding the Americans of the existence of a mega-loyal Poland and, secondly, getting deeper under the American nuclear umbrella,” Kosachev said.
This initiative looks especially cynical and hypocritical against the background of NATO’s constant concern about the hypothetical possibility of deploying Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus, which President Alexander Lukashenko once said in response to such provocative statements by NATO strategists, the senator concluded.
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