Washington’s plan to modernize NATO’s nuclear arsenal in Germany has triggered a heated debate across Europe and prompted concerns in Moscow; if the information is confirmed it would “shock Europe into reality,” French journalist and founder of Agora Erasmus political organization Karel Vereycken told Sputnik.
Information regarding the upcoming modernization of the US’ nuclear arsenal in Germany has prompted a heated debate among European journalists and politicians, according to Karel Vereycken, director of the publication Nouvelle Solidarité and founder of the Belgian Agora Erasmus organization.
Reportedly, Germany will start to prepare the Büchel airbase in Western Germany to receive the upgraded version of some 20 B-61 thermo-nuclear warheads.
“Experts remain skeptical and astonished about such an early timetable, since the upgrade of the weapons was only expected to be ready in 2019. Four years to prepare an airbase for the new weapons seems farfetched and would imply that the B61-12 is scheduled to arrive sooner than expected,” Vereycken told Sputnik.
Earlier this month, Belgian political organization Agora Erasmus drew up a petition against the modernization of NATO’s nuclear weaponry in Belgium. It is worth mentioning that US tactical nuclear armaments are currently stationed in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey.
“If the information is confirmed it would shock Europe into reality,” Vereycken underscored.
According to the journalist, the information could have been leaked by US military officials who oppose Barack Obama’s ‘nuclearization’ policy in Europe. Purportedly, those who released the information hoped that the leak would spark public protests in the EU.