Espreso. Global

Nuclear weapons deployment in Belarus is adequate response to militarization of Eastern Europe - Lukashenko

15 August, 2023 Tuesday

Lukashenko said that the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory is an adequate response to the accelerated militarization of Eastern Europe and the growing military activity of the United States and NATO


This is stated in the greeting sent by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko to the participants of the XI Moscow International Security Conference.

"Remaining a consistent supporter of peace and security, fulfilling previously assumed international obligations, the Republic of Belarus, together with its partners, as well as within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, is making every effort to strengthen cooperation in combating transnational challenges and threats of various kinds. By deploying tactical nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory, we are responding adequately to the accelerated militarization of Eastern Europe and the growing military activity of the United States and NATO," he said.

At the same time, Lukashenko emphasized that this does not cancel the peace initiatives put forward by the Belarusian side in the interests of restarting the dialogue on European and global security on equal terms for the good of the entire planet.

Nuclear weapons in Belarus: what is known

Since mid-March, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been blackmailing the world with nuclear weapons and has stated that a storage facility for Russian tactical nuclear weapons will be completed in Belarus by July 1.

Instead, the Institute for the Study of War reported that Putin announced the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus to frighten the West and reduce the effectiveness of Ukraine's counteroffensive. According to experts, the announcement of the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus has nothing to do with the risk of nuclear war, which remains extremely low. Thus, Putin is only trying to exploit Western fears of nuclear escalation.

The day after Putin's statement, NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said that the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus increases the level of rejection of Russia and Putin in Belarusian society. In turn, Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the Presidential Office, said that with this statement, Vladimir Putin admits to fear of losing the war.

The German Foreign Ministry criticized Russia's deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus and called it an "attempt to intimidate."

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has noted that the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus could lead to a catastrophe.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine responded to Russia's intentions to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus and demanded that the UN Security Council be convened. It also called on Belarusian society to prevent Russia's crimes on their territory, as this would further turn the country into a hostage of Moscow and have catastrophic consequences in the future.

In April, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the transfer of Iskanders, which can carry nuclear weapons, to Belarus. Towards the end of May, the Belarusian army conducted exercises involving the use of Iskander missiles.

On June 14, Lukashenko claimed that nuclear weapons from Russia started to arrive in Belarus, but clarified it would only be used if Belarus faced a direct threat.

Also, on June 16, Russian leader Vladimir Putin  announced that they had transferred some of their nuclear arsenal to Belarus, with the rest to follow by the end of the year.

The head of Ukraine's Main Intelligence Directorate, Kyrylo Budanov, noted that Russia has not yet moved a single nuclear warhead to Belarus. He is convinced that Russia will not use nuclear weapons in a war against Ukraine.

On June 27, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that the presence of Wagner and Prigozhin PMCs in Belarus is an important security issue and requires a strong response from NATO.

On June 28, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that a clear message had been sent to Moscow and Minsk that "NATO exists to defend every ally."

The Presidents of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, Andrzej Duda, Egils Levits and Gitanas Nausėda, wrote a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and NATO partners calling for measures to counter the threats posed by Russia's aggressive actions and the changing situation in Belarus.

Poland's Deputy Minister of National Defense Marcin Ociepa believes that Russia's use of nuclear weapons is unlikely, but that this option cannot be completely ruled out.

Subsequently, Chinese leader Xi Jinping personally warned Putin against using nuclear weapons in Ukraine, as China does not want to completely spoil relations with the EU.

Later, on July 31, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that a hypothetical withdrawal of Russian tactical nuclear weapons from the territory of Belarus would be possible "only if the United States and NATO abandon their destructive course of deliberately undermining the security of Russia and Belarus."

Read also:
  • News
2024, Thursday
18 July
Victorious news of 876th day of war: Ukrainian drones hit Russian Coast Guard base in occupied Crimea, Ukrainian combat system certified to NATO standards
Von der Leyen's re-election is good news for Ukraine
UK needs negotiator: international expert Kraiev on Johnson's meeting with Trump
Ukraine returns 758 children from Russia and occupied territories
Ukraine signs security agreements with Czech Republic, Slovenia
UNHCR to provide $100 million to help Ukraine prepare for winter
Russia creates “law enforcement“ groups from locals in occupied territories
Russian T-54 tank
Russians showed echelon of T-54 tanks in Moscow region, which grabbed attention
Russian Shahed drones enter Belarusian airspace for reason - military expert
Russia shells Kherson: one killed and wounded, humanitarian mission vehicle damaged
Putin is in critical situation, he has no systemic reserves - General Malomuzh
Russia attacks Donetsk region: 5 people killed, several wounded
There is no peace in Putin's "peace agreements"
British intelligence assesses how Russia aims to tighten state control over Internet platforms
'Zelenskyy went all-in on promises from West, lost everything': foreign manipulations on July 18
Ukraine to jam Russian signals in frontline regions
“Maidan judges” may remain in the system. Why is judicial reform stagnating?  
Trump's assassination attempt: impact on 2024 US election
Ukrainian drones hit Russian Coast Guard base in occupied Crimea
Von der Leyen criticizes Hungary's Orbán over trip to Russia
Ukraine's President Zelenskyy arrives in UK for European Political Community summit
Ukraine delivers 1,000 tons of wheat flour to Gaza
No Russian combat ship remains in Crimea - Ukrainian Colonel Selezniov
Reports surface of Ukrainian forces withdrawing from Krynky; military says "situation not so critical"
July 8 Kyiv attack update: Mayor Klitschko reports 23 hospitalized, including 3 children
Ukraine launches register of international humanitarian law violations during Russian aggression
Ukrainian army withdraws from Urozhaine, Donetsk region - Khortytsia troop grouping
Ukrainian combat system certified to NATO standards for first time in history
Fires ravage Chasiv Yar amid Russian shelling - Ukraine's 24th Brigade
All citizens of Ukraine should undergo military training, mobilization offices should be replaced by app for conscripts. Serhiy Zgurets' column
How to defeat Russia?
144 clashes occur at front, Ukraine repels most attacks in Toretsk direction - Ukraine's General Staff
"We are witnessing turning point": military expert on course of war in Ukraine
Russian troops set to launch new offensive in Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia region - local official
Pro-Russian Czech media spread Russian fakes about the Russian missile attack on Children's hospital in Kyiv
Russia takes 91 Ukrainian children under occupation to militarization camps
Russia loses 1,130 soldiers, 54 artillery systems, and 50 drones in one day of war in Ukraine
Russian troops shell 16 settlements in Kherson region, injuring 6 civilians
2024, Wednesday
17 July
Victorious news of 875th day of war: 95 Ukrainian defenders released from Russian captivity, Ukrainian military destroys 28 Russian ships since 2022
Ukraine launches Saving Lives of Servicemen program, focusing on training, medical care, recreation
More news