On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that Russia has sent nuclear weapons to its ally Belarus, which shares a border with Ukraine.
On the territory of Belarus, the first nuclear weapons were delivered… Putin made these remarks during an annual business event, where AFP and the media of other nations that Russia considers to be “unfriendly” were not accredited. “This is the first part,” Putin said.
In March, the head of the Russian government said that they intended to dispatch tactical nuclear weapons, which are far less potent than strategic ones.
Putin has stated that the process of sending tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus will be finished “by the end of summer, by the end of the year.”
On the battlefield, nuclear weapons can take the form of tactical weapons, which, despite their devastation, have a lower yield than strategic weapons with a longer range.
Alexander Lukashenko, the leader of Belarus, has given his permission for his country’s territory, which borders not only Ukraine but also EU and NATO members Poland and Lithuania, to be used as a launching pad for Russia’s invasion against Ukraine.
Fears of a nuclear confrontation were sparked as a result of Putin’s declaration, although experts and countries have said that it is doubtful that this will alter the path that the fight will take.
Putin stated that the purpose of the weapons was to serve as a deterrent to “those who are thinking of inflicting a strategic defeat on Russia.”
In April, Belarusian forces started training on Russian missile systems that were capable of delivering nuclear weapons.