Baku, June 9, AZERTAC
Britain could once again host US nuclear missiles amid growing tensions with Russia, Philip Hammond indicated yesterday.
The Foreign Secretary said the Government ‘would look at the case’ for cruise missiles to be sited in the UK.
He added that Britain needed to send ‘clear signals’ to Vladimir Putin amid ‘worrying signs’ of increased military activity by Russian forces – including the installation of missiles in Kaliningrad, an enclave on the Baltic Sea.
The US is considering scrapping a Cold War-era treaty and deploying missiles in Europe in response.
Asked on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show if he would back the plans, Mr Hammond said: ‘We would look at the case. We work extremely closely with the Americans.
‘That would be a decision that we would make together if that proposition was on the table. We have got to send a clear signal to Russia that we will not allow them to transgress our red lines.’
However, he added that the West would not want to ‘make unnecessary provocations’, and said the question about nuclear missiles was a hypothetical one.