Vladimir Putin announced on state television that he would be placing nuclear weapons in Belarus. Belarus has been a close ally of Russia for decades, with the two countries sharing political, economic, and military ties.
NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu called the move by Putin “dangerous and irresponsible.”
Former President Donald Trump also responded to the news via his new social media platform Truth Social, claiming that the situation was a result of incompetence within the government and asking people to pray.
Putin Placing Nuclear Weapons in Belarus
1. Moscow will station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.
2. Putin claims this will not violate nuclear nonproliferation agreements.
3. Russia has moved 10 aircraft to Belarus that are capable of carrying tactical nuclear weapons
— Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) March 25, 2023
On Monday morning, Trump wrote: “Here we go!!! Just as I predicted, now we’re playing with the “BIG STUFF.” The “N” WORD is now being used, front and center,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “This situation was caused by us – It’s what happens when you have incompetent people running your government. All I can say to you right now is, PRAY!”
The deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus has been a point of contention between Russia and the West, particularly NATO, which sees it as a threat to regional stability. The issue has also been a source of tension between Belarus and its neighbors, particularly Poland and Lithuania, who have voiced their concerns over the deployment of nuclear weapons in their backyard.
Furthermore, with Biden at the helm, Russia has been increasingly assertive in its foreign policy, with Putin taking a more confrontational stance towards the West. The annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine have all contributed to tensions between Russia and the West. The deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus is seen as another move by Russia to assert its dominance in the region and send a message to its adversaries.
The Washington Post reported:
On Saturday, Putin told Russian state television that Moscow would deploy tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus later this year following a request from Minsk. He said the plan would not violate Russia’s nuclear nonproliferation agreements — and likened the move to the United States stationing nuclear weapons in Europe. […]
Putin said: “We have agreed [with Belarus] that we will do the same thing. Without violating, I want to stress this, our international obligations on nuclear weapons nonproliferation. On July 1, we will finish building a special storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.”
Russia, he said, would help Minsk refurbish aircraft to carry the weapons and had already transferred several Iskander missile systems to Belarus.