Washington’s plans are reminiscent of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was initially triggered by the US deploying nuclear weapons near the USSR’s borders in Turkey.
Polish officials have not yet responded to Mosbacher’s suggestion. The country was earlier eager to host conventional American troops, promising to build “Fort Trump” for that very purpose and to pay for it with its own money. Russia, which has always opposed NATO’s eastward expansion and the deployment of nuclear weapons in close proximity with its borders, has not officially commented to the remarks either.
Mosbacher’s suggestion comes in response to a statement by Washington’s envoy to Germany and acting US spy chief Richard Grenell, who called on Berlin to keep the American nuclear weapons, which he referred to as a “deterrent” against alleged aggression by Russia, China, and North Korea. He went on to criticise the idea of removing the US nukes from Germany, something which has recently been discussed by German politicians, saying that it would be a betrayal of Berlin’s NATO commitments.
Grenell is not the only one to pressure Germany on the issue of the American nuclear arsenal, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also urging Berlin to keep the weapons, citing alleged “Russian aggression”.
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