US Nuclear Weapons Talk: ‘A Great Deal of Concern’ for Europe

Monday, June 22, 2015
By Paul Martin

The ongoing tension between the US and Russia has led to concerns that Washington is planning on stationing more nuclear warheads in Europe, triggering protests and concerns among Europeans that they might be caught in the middle of another Cold War.

The growing speculation that the US could be looking to deploy more nuclear weapons in Europe has increased in recent times following the breakdown in relations between American and Russian leaders, with reports Washington was considering pulling out of a Cold War-era treaty and returning nuclear-capable missiles to Europe.

Moscow has vehemently denied the allegations, while Europeans have also proven to be skeptical, with members of NATO’s Nuclear Planning Group dismissing the US claims, saying that Russia’s planned refurbishment of weaponry does not violate any treaty.

US Nuclear Weapons in Britain? ‘A Very Delicate Act’

However, these fears of a nuclear build-up in Europe have not subsided after British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that he would not rule out placing American nuclear warheads on UK territory, despite noting that it would be “a very delicate act.”

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