Russian naval officers reportedly discussed nuking Berlin and two German military bases just months before the Ukraine war. The alleged chatter was intercepted during a training drill by Russian warships in the Baltic at the end of 2021. Citing German security service sources, Der Spiegel identified the potential targets as the Ramstein and Buchel air bases. Ramstein serves as a headquarters for the USAF in Europe while Buchel reportedly houses 20 US nuclear warheads. Germany has supplied weapons to Ukraine and pledged to increase its defence spending and modernise the military. Putin has slammed Germany for cancelling the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and joining Western sanctions against Russia.