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Bucharest, Aug 18 /Agerpres/ - The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) on Thursday rejected the information according to which the United States of America has allegedly begun moving nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania.

"The Foreign Affairs Ministry firmly rejects these pieces of information," MAE pointed out in a response at AGERPRES' request.

EurActiv.com wrote on Thursday, quoting two independent sources, that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara.

According to one of the sources, the transfer has been very challenging in technical and political terms. "It's not easy to move 20+ nukes," said the source, on conditions of anonymity.

Another source told EurActiv.com that the US-Turkey relations had deteriorated so much following the coup that Washington no longer trusted Ankara to host the weapons. The American weapons are being moved to the Deveselu air base in Romania, the source said.

According to a recent report by the Simson Center, since the Cold War, some 50 US tactical nuclear weapons have been stationed at Turkey's Incirlik air base, approximately 100 kilometres from the Syrian border.

During the failed coup in Turkey in July, Incirlik's power was cut, and the Turkish government prohibited US aircraft from flying in or out.

Eventually, the base commander was arrested and implicated in the coup. Whether the US could have maintained control of the weapons in the event of a protracted civil conflict in Turkey is an unanswerable question, Simson Center's report also says.

The Deveselu base, near the city of Caracal, is the new home of the US missile shield, which has infuriated Russia, EurActiv.com also reads. AGERPRES (RO - author: Florentina Peia, editor: Andreea Rotaru; EN - editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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