Poland’s strongest politician mentioned he “is perhaps open” to the US stationing nuclear weapons in his nation, a neighbor to Ukraine — drawing condemnation Monday from the Kremlin, which warned it could solely heighten tensions amid fears of atomic struggle.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the chief of Poland’s ruling Regulation and Justice celebration, informed German weekly Welt am Sonntag that “in precept, it is smart to increase nuclear participation to the jap flank.”
“If the People requested us to retailer US nuclear weapons in Poland, we’d be open to it,” he mentioned Sunday in an interview additionally posted on his party’s website.
“It might considerably strengthen deterrence in opposition to Moscow,” he mentioned, whereas additionally calling for a a lot stronger presence of US troopers in Europe, particularly on NATO’s jap flank.
He mentioned that “Poland would welcome a rise within the American presence in Europe sooner or later from the present 100,000 troopers to 150,000 troopers due to Russia’s rising aggressiveness.”
“Of those, 75,000 troopers must be stationed on the jap flank; ie, on the border with Russia; 50,000 troopers within the Baltic states and Poland,” he mentioned within the interview.
The Kremlin condemned his feedback on Monday, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov warning that such a transfer would solely heighten tensions amid ongoing fears of nuclear assaults.
Inside days of invading Ukraine in late February, Russian President Vladimir Putin put his atomic forces on a heightened state of alert, citing fictitious threats from NATO.
Kremlin spokesman Peskov later informed CNN that Russia would really feel justified utilizing its nuclear arsenal if it felt “an existential menace for our nation,” with out elaborating on precisely what would meet that normal.
Poland’s want for extra US troopers within the space comes because the nation has taken in nearly 2.5 million of the 4.2 million refugees who’ve fled Ukraine throughout Russia’s brutal struggle.
With Submit wires