Poland’s deputy prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Sunday (April 3) he is “open” to the idea of the U.S deploying tactical nuclear weapons in his country, and called for Washington to send tens of thousands more American troops to Europe to check the Russian threat.
Kaczynski also urged NATO to “do more” in Ukraine—in particular, a peacekeeping mission and delivering Zelensky the weapons he asks for—and said he is “very dissatisfied” with Germany.
“The eastern flank must be much better protected in the future than before,” Kaczynski told Germany’s Welt Am Sonntag newspaper, asking America to station 50,000 more troops—a 50% increase—with most of the total in the Baltics and Poland, which are NATO allies.
“Let’s face it: The soldiers of the U.S. nuclear power are the strongest stopping Russia from attacking NATO countries and provide us with the greatest security.”
Kaczynski’s calls for Washington to beef up its military contingent in Europe comes despite NATO having already agreed to deploy additional battle groups to Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.
On top of that, Kaczynski called on the military bloc to set up a new command center in Poland, akin to the one in the Dutch town of Brunssum, “from where joint NATO deployments will be planned and conducted.”