In connection with the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus, we ask the entire NATO to invite Poland to participate in the Nuclear Sharing program - Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
“Due to the fact that Russia intends to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, we ask the entire NATO to take part in the Nuclear Sharing Program,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during a press conference following the EU summit in Brussels. He noted that Poland declared its willingness to act quickly in this regard.
The head of the government emphasized: Poland does not want to sit idly by when Putin escalates various kinds of threats.
The Nuclear Sharing program is a political concept of the North Atlantic Alliance, assuming the sharing of nuclear warheads with NATO member states that do not possess nuclear weapons. Since 2009, countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey have participated in the programme.
In 2020, the then US Ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, stated that if Germany wanted to withdraw from Nuclear Sharing, then Poland could take over American nuclear weapons from them.
President Andrzej Duda said in October that Poland had been talking to the US about the possibility of including our country under NATO's nuclear umbrella.
“The problem, first of all, is that we don't have nuclear weapons. There is no indication that we, as Poland, will have it under our control in the near future. There is always a potential opportunity to participate in the Nuclear Sharing Program" - said the president.
"We have spoken with American leaders about whether the United States is considering this possibility. The topic is open" he added.
The president's words were then denied by the US State Department. The Americans have stated that they do not plan to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of any country that joined NATO after 1997.