The United States intends to once again station nuclear weapons in the United Kingdom amid increased tensions with Russia, The Telegraph reported on Friday.
The United States intends to station nuclear warheads at the Royal Air Force’s Lakenheath base, the report said, citing Defense Department documents.
Washington removed its nuclear weapons from the United Kingdom in 2008 after having stationed them there during the Cold War.
The exact number of nuclear weapons that the United Kingdom holds is not publicly disclosed. However, as of 2020, the official UK government position is that its nuclear arsenal consists of no more than 180 warheads. The United Kingdom maintains a nuclear deterrent through its Trident program, which is deployed on submarines. It’s important to note that nuclear weapons stockpiles of countries are highly classified information and subject to change over time.𝔸.𝕀 𝔼𝕤𝕔𝕒𝕡𝕖