The United States trying to turn Europe into central theatre for nuclear warfare

The United States trying to turn Europe into central theatre for nuclear warfare

United World International author Mehmet Perinçek gave an interview to the Russian RIA Novosti agency about the US attempt to deploy atomic bombs to EU countries and Türkiye. We present the interview, published in Russian, to our readers translated into English.

Türkiye should not allow the deployment of the US B61-12 atomic bomb on its territory, which would create huge problems in relations with Russia, Turkish historian and political analyst Mehmet Perinçek told RIA Novosti.

The United States has accelerated the deployment of a modernized B61-12 atomic bomb to NATO bases in Europe, the Politico newspaper writes, citing a diplomatic cable and diplomatic sources familiar with the situation. According to the publication, the $10 billion atomic bomb modernization program is designed to replace earlier versions of weapons, including about 100 bombs stored at air bases in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Türkiye. According to the publication, the delivery of the upgraded version of the bomb was originally planned for the spring of 2023. However, according to a diplomatic cable, US officials told NATO allies during a closed meeting in Brussels in October that this is now expected as early as December this year.

“The United States is the only country that used the atomic bomb. During World War II, it was a kind of message about the place of the United States in the new world order, a demonstration of strength. Subsequently, such weapons appeared in a number of countries, which reduced the risks of using them. The question is point-blank – for what purpose does the United States use nuclear weapons. For defence or for attack?” – asked the expert.

According to him, a look at the list of countries where the United States is seeking to accelerate the deployment of an atomic bomb leads to “the conclusion that this is not about defence, but about attacking”.

“The United States’ target is Eurasia and the paths leading to it. For this purpose, the United States uses its so-called NATO allies. This is a kind of springboard for an attack on Eurasia. The United States is trying to ensure that Europe becomes the central theatre, the springboard for a nuclear war. The fact that there is the list of Turkey is alarming, Turkish officials should investigate this issue as soon as possible. The deployment of an atomic bomb on Turkish territory should not be allowed. This will create risks for Turkey, create huge problems in its relations with Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan,” he stressed.

In December 2021, it was reported that the US military-industrial complex handed over to the Department of Defence the first serial sample of the upgraded B61-12 atomic bomb, which has been in US service for half a century. The B61 aerial bomb has been in service since 1968, currently in modifications 3, 4, 7 and 11. The B61-12 is designed to replace the first three. B61-12 can be used in free-fall and corrective modes from the B2 strategic bomber, F-15, F-16, PA-200 Tornado fighter-bombers, as well as “future aircraft platforms F-35, B-21, F/A-18F”.

Earlier, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov had said that Russia does not want to participate in nuclear rhetoric, which has been warmed up in the West in recent weeks. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti that Russia does not threaten anyone with the use of nuclear weapons, it is in Western capitals that nuclear rhetoric is being used, trying to make it look like Moscow is preparing to strike with weapons of mass destruction.

Mehmet Perinçek
Historian and political scientist (Turkey)

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February 2024