Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko says deployment of nuclear weapons has begun
U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters he felt “extremely negative” About Russian tactical nuclear weapons stationed in Belarus.
Reuters reported Biden’s comments were announced by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko “The deployment of nuclear munitions has begun.”
Russia shouldn’t be as worried about the security of its weapons as Belarusians are because “Practical and thrifty people” Lukashenko added that they will be able to protect their safety.
Responding to the White House’s response, the Russian embassy in Washington noted, “In the massive hybrid war Washington is waging against us, it is the sovereign right of Russia and Belarus to ensure their security by means we deem necessary.”
Moscow’s actions are “in full compliance with our international legal obligations,” the embassy said in a telegram on Saturday. Tactical nuclear weapons were not transferred to Belarus, “The control over them and the decision to use them remain on the part of Russia,” it says.
“Washington can do some introspection before blaming others. For decades, the United States has maintained a large nuclear arsenal in Europe,” Russian diplomat suggested.
Currently, U.S. tactical nuclear weapons exist in five European NATO countries—Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced in late March that tactical nuclear weapons would be deployed in Belarus. He said the move was due to Britain’s decision to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium ammunition during the conflict between Moscow and Kiev.
Belarus has been demanding that its closest ally, Russia, deploy nuclear weapons on its soil, citing aggressive Western policies towards the country and the threat posed by U.S. nuclear weapons deployed in its European neighbors.
Kremlin slams Western ‘hysteria’ over nuclear program
On Thursday, Moscow and Minsk signed an agreement allowing Russian tactical nuclear weapons to be stationed in Belarus. Russia has provided the Belarusian military with nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles and helped the country modify some of its fighter jets to carry nuclear weapons, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
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