A NATO public report has confirmed the presence of US nuclear weapons on Belgian soil.
The draft report was dated April 16 and came out as a result of the Alliance’s spring session in Bratislava.
The report, which was found online, stated: “Within the NATO context, the United States forward-deploys approximately 150 nuclear weapons, specifically B61 gravity bombs, to Europe for use on both US and Allied dual-capable aircraft. These bombs are stored at six US and European bases- Kleine Brogel in Belgium, Büchel in Germany, Aviano and Ghedi-Torre in Italy, Volkel in The Netherlands, and İncirlik in Turkey.”
Since then, a new version of the report came out and it had been modified. It states: “In the context of NATO, according to open sources, the United States deploys about 150 nuclear weapons, in particular B61 gravitational bombs, in Europe, on dual-capacity aircraft at a time. Allies often cited as operators of such planes are Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.”
The Belgian government’s reaction has always remained the same on this matter: They have neither confirmed nor denied the presence of nuclear weapons in Belgium.