Russian officials have already repeatedly warned in the past that its Eastern European neighbours’ decision to host US-made strategic systems, including components of America’s Aegis Ashore missile defence system, make them targets for Russia’s strategic nuclear response in the event of a war.
Earlier Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the redeployment of US nuclear weapons from Germany to Poland would serve to further damage already-strained Russia-NATO relations and escalate tensions.
“We hope that Washington and Warsaw recognise the dangerous nature of such statements, which exacerbate an already difficult period of relations between Russia and NATO, and threaten the very basis of European security, weakened as a result of unilateral steps by the United States, first and foremost through their exit from the INF Treaty,” Zakharova said.
The Russian officials’ comments follow remarks by US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher last week indicating that “if Germany wants to reduce its nuclear sharing potential and weaken NATO, maybe Poland, which honestly fulfils its obligations, and understands the risks on NATO’s eastern flank, could use this potential at home.”
Mosbacher’s comments came in the…