Conflicts: Kremlin maintains nuclear weapons for Belarus

Kremlin maintains nuclear weapons for Belarus

An “Iskander-M” missile of the Russian Armed Forces. photo

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The fact remains: Russia wants to station nuclear weapons in Belarus, despite Western criticism. According to Moscow, the plans are non-negotiable. Meanwhile, the EU is threatening new sanctions.

Despite threats of sanctions from the West, Russia is sticking to the planned stationing of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. “Of course, such a reaction cannot influence Russia’s plans,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on possible punitive measures.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell had previously called on Belarus to give up nuclear weapons and otherwise threatened sanctions in response. He criticized the Russian plans as “irresponsible escalation” and a threat to European security.

Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin announced the stationing on Saturday. According to them, Belarus already has 10 converted aircraft capable of carrying these weapons. In addition, the country will receive Iskander missiles that can be equipped with nuclear warheads. The Russian President had also stressed that Moscow would stick to its commitments to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. You would only be accused in Belarus that Russia is not giving up control – and is doing nothing different than the USA in EU countries.

After voluntarily surrendering its nuclear weapons after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Belarus is now receiving nuclear missiles for the first time since the 1990s. In Belarus, ruler Alexander Lukashenko, who is politically and economically dependent on Putin, had asked for it before Russia’s war against Ukraine. He also had the constitution changed, which no longer stipulates a nuclear-weapon-free status. According to Putin, training on weapons in Belarus should begin next Monday, and the depots for the nuclear missiles should be completed by July 1st.


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