DEFENCE

Foreign Ministry rejects info according to which US is moving nuclear weapons from Incirlik to Romania

The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) on Thursday rejected the information according to which the United States of America has allegedly begun moving nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania.

“The Foreign Affairs Ministry firmly rejects these pieces of information,” MAE pointed out in a response at Agerpres’ request.

EurActiv.com wrote on Thursday, quoting two independent sources, that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara.

According to one of the sources, the transfer has been very challenging in technical and political terms. “It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” said the source, on conditions of anonymity.

Another source told EurActiv.com that the US-Turkey relations had deteriorated so much following the coup that Washington no longer trusted Ankara to host the weapons. The American weapons are being moved to the Deveselu air base in Romania, the source said.

According to a recent report by the Simson Center, since the Cold War, some 50 US tactical nuclear weapons have been stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base, approximately 100 kilometres from the Syrian border.

During the failed coup in Turkey in July, Incirlik’s power was cut, and the Turkish government prohibited US aircraft from flying in or out.

Eventually, the base commander was arrested and implicated in the coup. Whether the US could have maintained control of the weapons in the event of a protracted civil conflict in Turkey is an unanswerable question, Simson Center’s report also says.

The Deveselu base, near the city of Caracal, is the new home of the US missile shield, which has infuriated Russia, EurActiv.com also reads.

 

Romania’s DefMin: No talks about transferring US nuclear warheads from Turkey

 

Romania’s Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc says there have been no political or specialist talks about a potential transfer to Romania of US nuclear warheads stationed in Turkey, calling media reports about that as rumours.

“What I can tell you is that there have been no talks, at political or specialist level, about that. There is no thinking, no plans to this end. So, absolutely, we can only call such reports as rumours,” Motoc said Thursday in Buzau, where he attended Romania’s 2nd Army centennial celebrations.

He also pointed to an official position of the Romanian Foreign Ministry, which categorically denies the allegation.

 

Former President Basescu: You cannot move nuclear warheads like potatoes; not credible info

 

Romania’s former President Traian Basescu says there is much about media reports about the US allegedly starting to move to Romania its nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey that makes them not credible.

“You cannot move nuclear warheads like you do potatoes, like they decide today and tomorrow it is ready, they are moved to another place. Secondly, such a move would entail negotiations between the owner of the nuclear warheads and the host country that would take years to conduct, because once stored on the soil of a country, the risks for the host country get huge. There is much about the reports that make them not credible,” Basescu told Realitatea Tv private broadcaster on Thursday.

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