Belarus has decided to accept Russian tactical nuclear weapons because the United States and its allies have been pressuring it for years to change its domestic political system and geopolitical direction, the Belarusian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Saturday that he had agreed with Belarus to install tactical nuclear weapons in the neighboring country.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry justified its cooperation with Russia by saying that Minsk is working in the spirit of “defending against the West.”
Over the past two and a half years, Belarus has been subjected to unprecedented political, economic and media pressure from the United States, the United Kingdom and their NATO allies, as well as the member states of the European Union.
– announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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“In addition to the unilateral coercive measures adopted in the field of politics and economics, the military potential is growing in the territory of neighboring NATO countries, in the immediate vicinity of our borders. In view of these circumstances and the resulting legitimate national security concerns and risks, Belarus was forced to respond by increasing its security capabilities and defensive.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Minsk stated that Belarus views the actions of the West as “direct and dangerous interference in the internal affairs of an independent state, with the aim of changing the geopolitical direction and the internal political system of the country.”
The ministry said that this directly contradicts the obligations undertaken by Minsk to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Moscow has already delivered the nuclear warhead-capable Iskander missile system to Minsk. Vladimir Putin announced that the construction of a facility capable of storing tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus will be completed on July 1.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced earlier that Russia has also provided assistance to Belarus to modernize combat aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
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