According to Putin, placing nuclear weapons in Belarus does not violate nuclear non-proliferation agreements. Using tactical nuclear weapons does not necessarily mean that the civilian population will suffer.
Russia has concluded an agreement with the neighboring country of Belarus on the placement of tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus, the Russian state-owned news agency Tass reports the president Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.
According to Putin, it has been agreed that Belarus will be in charge Alexander Lukashenko with.
Putin told about it in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel.
– There is nothing miraculous about this. The US has been doing the same for decades. They have long placed their nuclear weapons on the soil of their allies, Putin said in an interview.
Putin claimed in the interview that placing nuclear weapons in Belarus would not violate international nuclear non-proliferation agreements.
Tactical nuclear weapons are usually smaller than strategic nuclear weapons and are used for tactical purposes in close quarters, mostly on the battlefield.
Using tactical nuclear weapons does not necessarily mean that the civilian population will suffer or that a city will be destroyed.
Russia would still be responsible for the control of nuclear weapons
Russian news agency Interfax (you switch to another service) according to Putin said in an interview that ten aircraft capable of carrying tactical nuclear weapons have already been deployed in Belarus. Iskander missiles, which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, have also been transported to Belarus.
Putin also said that the storage facilities for tactical nuclear weapons would be ready by the beginning of July. According to Putin, Russia would still be responsible for the control of nuclear weapons.
In February, Belarus voted on a constitutional amendment that would allow, among other things, the storage of nuclear weapons in the country.
Putin announced in February that Russia would suspend its participation in the New Start nuclear arms control agreement between the United States and Russia. Russia already stopped weapons inspections in accordance with the agreement in August and stated that the reason was that the United States had prevented the activities of Russian inspectors.
The agreement had been the only valid bilateral arms agreement between the United States and Russia.
In an interview with a Russian channel, Putin also said that the Russian forces will use ammunition containing depleted uranium if Ukraine receives similar ammunition.
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Sources: Reuters, AFP