US nuclear missiles may return to Britain over Russian threat, Britain's Foreign Secretary says


Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says Government will consider hosting nuclear weapons produced by the U.S. for first time since Cold War.

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Britain could once again host U.S. 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 U.S. 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, 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."

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However, he added that the West would not want to 'make unnecessary provocations', and said the question about nuclear missiles was a hypothetical one.

Any such move would raise fears about a new Cold War arms race amid continuing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine.

The siting of U.S. cruise missiles at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire in the 1980s led to years of clashes between police and protesters, mainly women, who set up a series of peace camps near the military base.

The camps began in September 1981 and the first blockade of the base occurred in May 1982. In April 1983, about 70,000 protesters formed a 14-mile human chain from Greenham to Aldermaston and the ordnance factory at Burghfield.

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Media attention surrounding the camp prompted the creation of others at more than a dozen sites in Britain and elsewhere in Europe.

Another encircling of the base occurred in December that year with 50,000 women. Sections of the fence were cut and there were hundreds of arrests. Weapons were kept at the base from November 1983 to March 1991 when they were removed as a result of disarmament treaties signed by the US and the USSR. The last four protesters left the site in 2000.

Hammond said there was 'no clear sign' of an imminent attack on Ukraine but said President Putin was 'keeping his options open'.

The Foreign Secretary told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show Russia has a 'sense of being surrounded and under attack and we don't want to make unnecessary provocations'.

David Cameron said yesterday he was hopeful the G7 summit would show 'a united front against Russian-backed aggression' in Ukraine.

He said sanctions imposed on Moscow following the annexation of Crimea last year should be retained when they come up for renewal at the end of July.

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