Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu (left) and Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin sign a nuclear weapons deployment deal. Photo/REUTERS
MINSK – Russia start spreading nuclear weapons tactical to Belarus . It will be the first deployment of such weapons outside of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The move follows a plan announced by President Vladimir Putin on March 25. At that time, Putin reasoned that the United States (US) and its allies had waged war on Russia.
That reason was echoed by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu during a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart, Viktor Khrenin, in Minsk, on Thursday.
“Western collectivity is basically waging an undeclared war against our country,” said Shoigu.
The West, said Shoigu, is doing everything it can to prolong and escalate the armed conflict in Ukraine.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that tactical nuclear weapons were already in motion after he mentioned that Vladimir Putin had signed the order.
“The movement of nuclear weapons has started,” Lukashenko told reporters, as quoted by Reuters, Friday (26/5/2023).
Asked if the guns were already in Belarus, he said: “Maybe. When I get back, I’ll check.”
Shoigu said the documents he signed in Minsk concerned the process of storing tactical nuclear weapons at special facilities in Belarus.