Poland is negotiating with the United States to participate in a program of joint use of nuclear weapons to counter growing threats from Russia.
President Andrzej Duda told Gazeta Polska about this.
"The first problem is that we do not have nuclear weapons. There is no indication that we, Poland, will get our hands on them in the near future. There is always a potential opportunity to participate in a nuclear weapons sharing program. We have spoken with the American leaders about whether the United States is considering such a possibility. The topic is open," Andrzej Duda said.
The Nuclear Weapons Sharing Program is part of NATO's nuclear deterrence policy, which allows member states that do not possess such weapons to participate in planning their use.
This program does not expand the group of countries that have nuclear weapons (there are currently three such countries in NATO: the USA, Great Britain and France. - Ed.). Only the States provided their weapons to other states under the program.
Under the program, participating countries consult and jointly decide on nuclear weapons policy, maintain the technical equipment (including aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons) necessary for the use of nuclear weapons, and store nuclear weapons on their territory.
The Pentagon reportedly has no information to support reports that Russia may be transporting tactical nuclear weapons by rail.
Meanwhile, NATO has not yet seen any signs of possible Russian preparations for a nuclear test, but continues to closely monitor the situation.