Putin says Russia will station nuclear weapons in Belarus – National

Putin says Russia will station nuclear weapons in Belarus – National

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Russia has struck a take care of neighboring Belarus to station tactical nuclear weapons on its territory however will not violate non-proliferation agreements, President Vladimir Putin stated on Saturday.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had lengthy raised the difficulty of stationing tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, which borders Poland, Putin informed state tv.

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“There may be nothing uncommon right here both: firstly, the US has been doing this for many years. They’ve lengthy deployed their tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of their allied nations,” he stated.

“We agreed that we will do the identical – with out violating our obligations, I emphasize, with out violating our worldwide obligations on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.”

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Russia will have accomplished the development of a storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus by July 1, Putin stated, including that Moscow wouldn’t truly be transferring management of the arms to Minsk.

Russia has stationed 10 plane in Belarus able to carrying tactical nuclear weapons, he stated, including that Moscow had already transferred to Belarus quite a few Iskander tactical missile programs than can be utilized to launch nuclear weapons.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa. Modifying by Matthew Lewis and Deepa Babington)