Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has said his country is “open” to a host of US nuclear weapons as Russia continues its war in neighbouring Ukraine.
Kaczynski said Poland was prepared to host more US troops. “Poland would be pleased if the Americans increased their presence in Europe from the current 100,000 troops to 150,000 in the future due to increased Russian aggression,” said Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Poland is increasingly concerned about Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, while thousands of US troops are already stationed in Europe. In an interview with a German newspaper, Kaczynski called for a 50 percent increase in US troops in Europe, calling for the “eastern edge” to be better protected than before.
The Polish leader said his country could “deposit US nuclear weapons in Poland” if asked by the US government amid tensions in Eastern Europe following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Just days after launching an attack on Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin had put nuclear weapons on alert and sent shock waves across NATO countries.
Kazinski said expanding nuclear weapons to the eastern side “makes sense”. The Polish leader also opposed Germany’s energy policy towards Russia, saying it was “politically and morally unacceptable” and that the German government should clarify its stance and not support “Russia with billions in energy purchase tariffs”.
Meanwhile, after the bodies of civilians were found in mass graves in Bucha near the capital Kyiv, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called for an international investigation to investigate this “crime of genocide” against Russia.