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Russian Deployment of Aircraft Capable of Carrying Tactical Nuclear Weapons to Belarus
On Saturday, news agency TASS reported that Russia had moved 10 aircraft to Belarus, which are capable of carrying tactical nuclear weapons. This move has sparked concerns among neighboring countries, particularly Poland, as the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus poses a serious threat to regional security. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko have approved the deployment.
Putin’s Claim that Deployment of Nuclear Weapons in Belarus Will Not Violate Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements
In a statement to the press, Putin claimed that the placement of a nuclear weapon in Belarus, which he and Lukashenko had agreed upon, would not violate nuclear non-proliferation agreements. Additionally, Putin highlighted that the United States had stationed nuclear weapons on the territory of its European allies. However, many people are still unconvinced by Putin’s argument, as they view the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus as a direct threat to the security and stability of the region.
Belarusian President Lukashenko’s Advocacy for the Deployment of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Belarus
Putin stated that Lukashenko has been raising the issue of stationing tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus for a long time, citing the need to protect his country from external threats. Furthermore, Putin emphasized that this agreement had been reached without violating nuclear non-proliferation agreements.
The international community has criticized this stance, as they perceive the deployment of nuclear weapons in a neighboring country as a destabilizing factor that may trigger a regional arms race.
Russia’s Construction of Storage Facility for Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Belarus
Putin announced that Russia would complete the construction of a storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus by July 1. in addition, he stated that he would not transfer the control of arms to Minsk. This has raised concerns among neighboring countries, as the deployment of nuclear weapons in a neighboring country without any oversight or control from that country poses a serious threat to regional security and stability.
US Imposes Sanctions on Belarus for Its Continued Support of Russia’s War in Ukraine and Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Movement
Furthermore, the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus coincided with the United States’ imposition of new sanctions on President Lukashenko’s regime.
The United States imposed the sanctions on President Lukashenko’s regime because of its support of Russia’s war in Ukraine and crackdown on pro-democracy movements. Specifically, the sanctions targeted significant Belarusian manufacturers as well as Lukashenko’s personal benefits, including his Boeing 737 aircraft, which he uses for personal excursions with his family and associates.
Intense Fighting Between Russian and Ukrainian Forces in Eastern Ukraine
The deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus occurred at a time when intense fighting was taking place around the town of Bakhmut between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
According to British military intelligence, Russia is changing to a defensive strategy in eastern Ukraine. Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi reported in a post on Telegram that the defense forces are stabilizing the situation through their “titanic efforts”.Read more: Putin Announces That Moscow Will Deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons In Belarus