Russia has completed the delivery of tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (69) announced. This statement raises international concern, as Lukashenko previously stated that the transfer of nuclear weapons to his country is linked to efforts to reduce threats from Poland, a NATO member, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
At a meeting of the Russian-led economic bloc in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said the delivery of tactical nuclear weapons was completed in October. Lukashenko did not provide information about exactly how many nuclear weapons were delivered or where they were stationed.
Confirmation of the Belarusian side's completion comes several months after Russia first announced its intention to deploy some tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, Putin's ally.
In May, Lukashenko confirmed that nuclear weapons had indeed been sent to Belarus, raising some concern among the United States and other Western countries. “The transfer of nuclear weapons has already begun,” Lukashenko said at the time.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also spoke in May about transferring nuclear weapons. “The collective West is waging an undeclared war against our countries,” Shoigu said. In addition, according to him, Western countries are trying to “prolong and escalate the armed conflict in Ukraine.”
In June, Putin confirmed that the first shipment of nuclear weapons had arrived in Belarus. The Russian President was then asked why nuclear weapons were being sent to Belarus and whether Russia had actually considered the possibility of using them. Putin said at the time: “Why should we threaten the whole world?” “I have already said that the use of extreme measures is possible in case of danger to the Russian state.” According to Putin, the delivery of weapons to Belarus should serve as a reminder to all other countries “that believe they are inflicting a strategic defeat on us.”
According to Lukashenko, the transfer of Russian nuclear weapons to Belarus is aimed at deterring NATO member Poland, which supports Ukraine militarily, humanitarianly and politically.
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According to Aliaksandr Alisin, an independent military analyst from the Belarusian capital, Minsk, containers that do not emit radiation were used to transport nuclear weapons so that they could be transported to Belarus without the West knowing when.
“It could easily fit into a regular Il-76 transport aircraft,” he said in July, as reports of the transfers mounted. “There are dozens of flights every day and it is very difficult to track down that particular flight.”
According to Alisin, Belarus has 25 underground facilities – built during the Cold War – for missiles equipped with a nuclear insert that can withstand missile attacks.
“Only five or six of these warehouses can actually store tactical nuclear weapons,” but the Belarusian military is active in all 25 warehouses to mislead Western intelligence services, because this makes it more difficult to determine exactly which warehouses contain nuclear weapons. They are stationed.
Watch also. Lukashenko receives first Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus in June: “I will not hesitate to use them”
Watch also. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: “Western countries’ support for Ukraine is now more important than ever.”
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