Of the nations likely to receive U.S. B61 nuclear bombs under NATO burden sharing provisions, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania border Russian territory; Bulgaria and Romania are directly across the Black Sea from Russia. There are some 50 B61 bombs in Turkey. The B61-12 bomb has been “integrated and test dropped from an Air Force B-2 bomber” (see video below) of the sort that under the Pentagon’s new Bomber Task Force has been continuously deployed with fellow nuclear-capable bombers the B-1 and B-52 to Europe, particularly to the Baltic Sea and Black Sea regions.

US nuclear weapons may end up in Eastern Europe if Germany rejects them — NATO


Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Article I: Each nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly; and not in any way to assist, encourage, or induce any non-nuclear-weapon State to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or control over such weapons or explosive devices.


US nuclear weapons may end up in Eastern Europe if Germany removes them from its territory, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a conference on Friday.

‘’I expect that Germany will continue to be part of nuclear sharing because it is so important for Europe, and it is a multilateral framework,’’ he said at a conference organized by the German Atlantic Association and the Federal Academy for Security Policy. ‘’The alternative for NATO nuclear sharing is different kinds of bilateral arrangements.’’

‘’It is for Germany to decide whether there’s nuclear weapons in your country but the alternative is we end up with nuclear weapons in other countries of Europe, also to the east of Germany,’’ he went on to say.


NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangement provides the legal grounds for deployment of US nuclear weapons in Europe’s non-nuclear member countries as part of the alliance’s nuclear deterrence concept.

….By the end of June 1991, the USSR withdrew all its nuclear forces from Eastern Germany. However, Germany is still hosting US nuclear weapons as part of NATO’s deterrence strategy. Up to 20 US B61 tactical nuclear bombs are stationed, according to unconfirmed reports, at the Buchel Air Base.

The latest version of the B61 bomb.