In recent years the United States has significantly reduced the number of its tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. However, it has not been officially announced.
Kommersant” writes about it referring to the data of the authoritative research organization “Federation of American Scientists” (FAS). According to the experts of the organization, Washington has reduced the number of nuclear bombs in Europe by one-third in recent years.
These conclusions are based on the investigation conducted by FAS experts Hans Christensen and Matt Korda, who published a review of the US nuclear forces.
It shows that the number of US B61 nuclear gravity bombs in Europe has dropped to a hundred units. Earlier it was considered that the USA keeps 150 bombs at six NATO bases in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey.
According to U.S. experts, the number of U.S. bombs, in particular, at the Turkish base Incirlik, may have decreased due to the deterioration of relations between Washington and Ankara against the background of the coup attempt in Turkey in 2016.
However, the newspaper’s sources in Russian government agencies claim that Russia did not receive the relevant notification. According to one of the sources, the reductions could be related to “the modernization of these bombs to improve their accuracy and functionality.
If this information is confirmed, there will undoubtedly be a reaction from the Russian side. Lieutenant General (ret.) Yevgeny Buzhinskiy, chairman of the council of the PIR Center and former head of the international treaty department of the Russian Defense Ministry, is certain of that.
According to Buzhinskiy, the Russian military will carry out “correction of operational plans” although it is already clear in advance that quantitative changes in NATO nuclear arsenals will not have a “significant influence on the general picture.
Earlier, U.S. TOPNEWS reported that in February, the think tank Chicago Council on Global Affairs published the “Daalder Report.” The report states that all the US allies started doubting the reliability of the US nuclear guarantees.