Russia has started transferring nuclear weapons to Belarus. “The transfer of nuclear warfare agents has already begun,” Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko confirmed on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin informed him on Wednesday that a corresponding decree had been signed. Belarusian opposition leader Tichanovskaya wrote of a “new danger for Ukraine and all of Europe”.
Tikhanovskaya wrote on Twitter that the deployment of nuclear weapons “will not only endanger the lives of Belarusians, but also create a new danger for Ukraine and all of Europe”. D
“Hostages of Russia’s Imperial Plans”
The citizens of Belarus would thereby become “hostages of Russia’s imperial plans”. Most of the deployed tactical nuclear weapons have the same explosive power as the atomic bomb that “killed 140,000 people in Hiroshima”.
Lukashenko, who was in Moscow on Thursday for a regional summit, did not say whether the weapons are already in his country. “Maybe I’ll come back, then I’ll see,” he said. Initially, there was no official comment from Russia on the subject.
Putin announced the deployment back in March
Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin announced the stationing of tactical nuclear weapons in the neighboring country at the end of March. At the time, he said in a television interview that he had agreed with Lukashenko that Russia and Belarus would now “do the same thing” as the US on their allies’ territory.
Contract regulates the settlement of the bet
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stressed that the weapons remain under Moscow’s control. “Russia will not hand over the nuclear weapons to Belarus: control over them and the decision to use them remains with the Russian side,” said Shoigu in Minsk, according to the Interfax news agency, at the signing of the contract. The contract regulates the handling of the stationing.
Minsk wants to deepen its partnership with Russia
Defense Minister Viktor Chrenin signed the document from the Belarusian side. “Today, the ‘collective’ West is exerting unprecedented pressure on both Belarus and Russia in all areas of national security,” Chrenin said at the signing. Minsk is therefore interested in deepening its partnership with Russia. Belarus is already Russia’s most important ally. Moscow also launched its aggressive war against Ukraine from Belarusian soil.
Belarusian fighter jets have been upgraded to new weapons
Several Belarusian fighter jets have also been converted to the new weapons. Lukashenko explained that Minsk could also get strategic nuclear weapons from Moscow in an emergency – and that it could decide for itself whether to use them. However, this is denied by Russia.
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