The planned deployment of improved US nuclear weapons to NATO bases in Europe, originally scheduled for the spring of 2023, is now planned for December, the Politico news service has reported.
It said two people familiar with the issue confirmed the accelerated timeframe reported in a US diplomatic cable.
The sources asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue, Politico reported.
The plan involves replacing older weapons with the newer version at various storage facilities in Europe for potential use by US and allied bombers and fighter jets, according to the politico.com website.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday watched high-profile military exercises in which his country's strategic forces practiced delivering “a massive nuclear strike,” according to news reports.
Thursday is day 246 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Source: PAP, politico.com