Warsaw estimates Russia can store up to 100 tactical nuclear warheads in Kaliningrad

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Warsaw estimates that Russia can store approximately 100 tactical nuclear warheads in Kaliningrad Oblast.

At the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin, Radosław Sikorski, Polish Foreign Minister, outlined for fellow Europeans what the Russian danger looks like from Warsaw’s point of view, emphasising that it is closer than one might think.

"250 kilometres north of Warsaw is Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave with a storage facility for approximately 100 tactical nuclear warheads. 250 kilometres to the east is Belarus, where Russians and Belarusians organised an attack on the EU border, the border of the Schengen zone," Sikorski said.

In the spring of 2022, Russia's neighbours claimed that Moscow already holds nuclear weapons in the Baltics. 


Sikorski also mentioned that Russian missiles that target Ukraine occasionally fly into Poland and sometimes fall within it. "One such missile landed 10 kilometres from my home in Western Poland, 250 kilometres from here... So the threat is closer than everyone realises," he warned.

In April, Sikorski stated there was no cause to be concerned about Russia using nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

The New York Times report made assumptions about where Russian nuclear weapons could be located in Belarus.

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