Bucharest Denies Reports That U.S. Is Moving Nukes From Turkey To Romania
August 18, 2016
The Romanian Foreign Ministry has rejected media reports that the United States was moving nuclear weapons from a base in Turkey to one in Romania.
The ministry's August 18 statement said it "firmly dismisses the information."
The website Euractiv.com published a report citing two unidentified sources saying that the United States had started transferring nuclear weapons from Turkey's Incirlik air base to the Deveselu air base in Romania.
Earlier this month, the Stimson Center, a Washington think tank, issued a report saying there are up to 50 nuclear weapons at Incirlik and that their security came under question during the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.
"Whether the U.S. could have maintained control of the weapons in the event of a protracted civil conflict in Turkey is an unanswerable question," the report states.
Paul Ivan, a senior policy analyst at the European Policy Center, posted on Twitter that "Romania is not part of NATO's nuclear sharing policy" and that such a move would be "politically too risky."
On August 2, the U.S. Congressional Research Center issued a report for Congress that concluded "most experts agree that the weapons at Incirlik are not, at this time, vulnerable to theft or loss of control."
With reporting by Euractiv.com and Business Insider
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