|Independent sources have said that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara. According to one of the sources, the transfer has been challenging in technical and political terms.|
According to a report some 50 US tactical nuclear weapons were stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base, approximately 100 kilometres from the Syrian border. During the failed coup in Turkey in July, Incirlik’s power was cut, and the Turkish government prohibited US aircraft from flying in or out. Eventually, the base commander was arrested and implicated in the coup. Whether the US could have maintained control of the weapons in the event of a civil conflict in Turkey is unknown.
US-Turkey relations had deteriorated so much following the coup that Washington no longer trusted Ankara to host the weapons. The weapons are being moved to the Deveselu air base in Romania.|
In May senior US and Nato officials attended a ceremony in Deveselu to mark construction of the Aegis system, a shield to protect Nato countries from short and medium-range missiles.