The possible deployment of US nuclear missiles in Poland will not lead to increased security in the region, but will aggravate the already existing tension between Russia and NATO. This is stated in a statement by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, published on the agency’s website.
“We hope that Washington and Warsaw will recognize the dangerous nature of such statements, which exacerbate the already difficult period of relations between Russia and NATO,” Zakharova said. She emphasized that the material basis of EU security is threatened due to certain US actions: in particular, due to withdrawal from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty).
According to Zakharova, if Washington returned American warheads to the country, it would be a “real contribution to European security.” She noted that this is exactly what Russia did.
On May 16, First Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Michael Murphy said that Russia, allegedly increasing its military presence in the Arctic, threatens NATO’s anti-submarine defense line in the North Atlantic. He noted the deployment of S-400 systems on the Kola Peninsula. According to Murphy, this goes beyond territorial defense.
On the same day, the US ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, announced that Warsaw could deploy American nuclear weapons on its territory should the German government decide to reduce its arsenal. “If Germany wants to reduce nuclear weapons and weaken NATO, then perhaps Poland, which pays a fair share, understands the risks and is on NATO’s eastern flank, could place these weapons here,” the diplomat said.
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