Poland’s deputy prime minister has called on the U.S. to station nuclear weapons in his country, arguing they would act as a deterrent against Russia while urging the NATO alliance to significantly boost its presence across Eastern Europe.
A strong critic of Moscow who’s repeatedly called for direct military action amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Deputy PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski suggested that American bombs could be deployed to Poland during an interview with German newspaper Die Welt on Sunday (April 3).
“Basically, it makes sense to expand nuclear sharing to [NATO’s] eastern flank,” he said. “If the Americans asked us to store US nuclear weapons in Poland, we would be open to that. It would significantly increase deterrence towards Moscow.”
Kaczynski—who also leads the ruling Law and Justice Party and is considered a major decision-maker in Warsaw—went on to call for a “large operational NATO command in Poland,” hoping for a larger NATO presence that could be used to plan and conduct joint military operations.
“That would send a clear signal to Moscow: the NATO leadership is now also present in the east,” he continued, also calling on Washington to increase its troop levels “from the present 100,000 soldiers up to 150,000 in the future due to Russia’s increasing aggression.”