Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called for US nuclear weapons to be deployed to Poland in response to Russia sending tactical nukes to Belarus.
Morawiecki said Warsaw wants to join NATO’s nuclear sharing program, under which US nuclear weapons are deployed in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, and the Netherlands.
“Since Russia intends to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, we again call on all of NATO to take part in the nuclear sharing program,” Morawiecki told reporters on Friday.
“The final decision will depend on our American and NATO partners. We declare our will to act quickly in this matter,” he added.
Warsaw has previously called for the deployment of US nukes on its territory, and Polish President Andrzej Duda said last year that he had discussed the issue with Washington.
There are currently no US nuclear weapons deployed in countries that joined NATO after the end of the Cold War, but that could change as the alliance is building up its presence in countries that border Ukraine and Russia, known as NATO’s eastern flank.
So far, Biden administration officials have maintained that it has seen no reason to adjust the US nuclear posture in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send nukes to Belarus, a decision he compared to NATO nuclear sharing.