The powerful head of Poland’s ruling party wants his country to be “included” in the US nuclear defence system, according to an interview published Wednesday.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski told the Gazeta Polska daily that Warsaw “should work for the inclusion of Poland in the American nuclear defence system”, which “would be the optimal solution”.

But Kaczynski also called for Europe to become a “nuclear superpower”, in a separate interview published Tuesday by Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily, as Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Warsaw.

Under NATO’s Article 5 collective defence agreement, the US nuclear umbrella already protects NATO allies including Poland as well as Japan, South Korea and Australia.

Kaczynski, who is regarded as Poland’s most powerful decision-maker despite holding no formal governmental post, did not elaborate how his proposed arrangement would be different from the existing Article 5 security guarantee.

His comments come amid uncertainty in eastern NATO allies like Poland stoked by US President Donald Trump’s seemingly pro-Moscow stance coupled with critical pronouncements on NATO.

Trump has called the alliance “obsolete” in terms of fighting terrorism, but of “fundamental importance” to transatlantic security.

Kaczynski told Germany’s FAZ he “would welcome” a European nuclear umbrella.

“Europe would become a superpower. One or two nuclear submarines would not be enough,” Kaczynski told the FAZ, referring to Britain’s ageing fleet of nuclear-armed submarines.

Greatly reduced after the end of the Cold War, the US nuclear arsenal in Europe includes around 200 tactical weapons stationed in Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.

  • Defender

    Can't figure out why Poland was asking for nuclear umbrella with US/NATO where he is member of the alliances. Under the alliance agreement any attack on NATO member is an attack to NATO itself. US, France, UK are nuclear armed members of NATO and if Russia or China will attack Poland NATO defense system will protect him from incoming ballistic missile attack. The worst scenario should Russia or China use nuclear missile against Poland, NATO nuclear armed members and US will counter-attack which means World War lll.

    • Brad

      Well they probable remember that Georgia had a treaty with the US and France that they would be protected if Georgia gave up its inherited Nukes, they were then invaded by Russia with no help from anybody, they probable also remember World War 2 where thay had a treaty from both France and UK that if Poland was attacked they would get help , which did not happen, They are probable hoping for a perminent US/UK German force station in Poland.