Poland Monitoring Situation amid Reports of Russian Nuclear Arms in Baltic

Published January 4th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Warsaw is "monitoring the situation" after reports that Moscow has moved nuclear weapons back into its Kaliningrad enclave sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic sea coast, Defense Minister Bronislaw Komorowski said Thursday. 

"The problem is this: can you have complete confidence in Russian assurances they don't have nuclear weapons in the Kaliningrad enclave. Poland must constantly monitor the situation and is doing so," Komorowski was quoted as saying by the Polish news agency PAP. 

Citing "US intelligence officials," the Washington Times reported Wednesday the movement of new battlefield nuclear arms into Kaliningrad was detected in June, but Russian officials have flatly denied the report. 

Moscow has refused to allow international arms inspectors access to certain sites in the Kaliningrad region, which could signify "it has something to hide," Komorowski added. 

Polish government spokesman Krzysztof Luft also confirmed that the Washington Times report has been "analyzed by the appropriate government structures." -- WARSAW (AFP) 



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