Since the 1960s, NATO’s nuclear participation has provided for the possible use of American Nuclear Weapons by four non-nuclear European nations in the event of war. According to NATO officials, nuclear participation complies with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which is often disputed by critic.
Today NATO is holding an American nuclear weapons “safety procedure” exercise at a base in Buchel, Germany and in the Belgian town of Kleine-Brogel. This exercise is nicknamed “Steadfast Noon” within the alliance and is held annually @ military bases across Europe.
The airbase in Büchel still houses up to 20 American nuclear bombs and is the only facility in Germany where nuclear weapons are deployed. German forces are not allowed to use nuclear weapons, in accordance with international law. However, during the current drills German personnel receive orders not from the defense ministry, but from NATO’s command.
When the Berlin Wall came down in 1991, NATO should have been dismantled, just like the Warsaw Pact did at the time. But instead NATO forces invaded and occupied all the former Russian satellite states, which created the impasse Europe now has to deal with.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for the removal of US nuclear weapons from Europe. We gradually stand for the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from Europe and their return to the USA,” Lavrov said a nuclear weapons non-proliferation conference in Moscow.
The Russian minister called on NATO to stop nuclear weapon drills in its non-nuclear members.
Sputnik / AA-Magnum Analyst Blog News-Site 2017.