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Russia and Belarus ink a Nuclear warhead agreement!

In a significant development, Russia and Belarus recently concluded a formal agreement to establish procedures for deploying Russian nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil. This move, approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, solidifies the decision made earlier to deploy tactical, comparatively short-range, and small-yield nuclear weapons in Belarus. Control of these weapons will remain with Moscow. The agreement comes at a critical juncture as Russia prepares for the anticipated counteroffensive from Ukraine.

Both Russian and Belarusian officials have characterized this action as a response to growing hostility from Western powers. Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin stated that the deployment of nonstrategic nuclear weapons serves as an effective deterrent against aggressive policies pursued by unfriendly countries. During a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, he emphasized the need for countermeasures in the military-nuclear domain, given the highly escalated threats on the western borders of Russia and Belarus.

The agreement, according to Belarus's Ministry of Defense, establishes a "special storage facility on the territory of the Republic of Belarus." While specific deployment timelines were not disclosed, President Putin previously mentioned that construction of storage facilities for tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus would be finalized by July 1.

Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who currently resides in exile, condemned the decision, warning of potential long-term implications for Belarus's sovereignty. She urged measures to prevent Russia from gaining control over Belarus through the deployment of nuclear weapons, which she believes would further endanger Ukraine's security and the stability of Europe.

Notably, during the Cold War, approximately two-thirds of Russia's arsenal of medium-range nuclear-tipped missiles were stationed in Belarus. Some Soviet-era storage facilities within the country could still be utilized to store such weapons. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, nuclear weapons previously located in Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan were relocated to Russia under a U.S.-brokered agreement.

Independent Belarusian military analyst Aliaksandr Alesin underscored the timing of the signing of the documents, coinciding with Ukraine's declaration of a counteroffensive and Western countries providing military assistance to Kyiv. Alesin emphasized that the presence of nuclear missiles in Belarus should concern Western politicians, as they have the capability to cover a vast area, including Ukraine, Poland, the Baltic states, and parts of Germany.

In addition to the deployment of nuclear weapons, Defense Minister Khrenin announced plans to bolster the combat readiness of the regional grouping of Russian and Belarusian troops. This includes the transfer of the Iskander-M missile system, capable of carrying a nuclear charge, and the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to Minsk.

Russia and Belarus have an alliance agreement wherein the Kremlin supports the Belarusian economy through loans and discounted oil and gas supplies. Furthermore, Russia has utilized Belarusian territory as a strategic staging ground for its operations in neighboring Ukraine, maintaining a contingent of troops and weapons there.

This formalized deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus represents a significant step towards strengthening regional defense and deterrence. The move is designed to address evolving security challenges and protect the shared interests of Russia and Belarus in the face of perceived hostility from Western nations.

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Membre inconnu
26 mai 2023

I can see the psychological advantage of basing missiles in Belarus, but it appears to be more for show than anything else. It also has the side effect of binding Belarus closer to Russia as Russian troops will be needed to secure and manage the weapons. Aside from this, does this really have any effect on the war in Ukraine?

Putin seems to be a lot like Hitler in approaching conflict 'psychologically' thinking he can frighten his opponents into giving him what he wants. This works right up until a war breaks out, then nobody cares, or if they do, it merely strengthens their resolve to win no matter what. Putin moving nukes into Belarus will not likely frighten European…

Membre inconnu
01 juin 2023
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I would hope It's just a threat cuz that shit would not end well for anyone involved.


Membre inconnu
26 mai 2023

😀 brilliant reporting thanks

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