Poland Warned After Vladimir Putin Vows to Arm Belarus With Nuclear Weapons
Putin’s ally is Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said in a speech Friday to the nation and parliament that Belarus would defend itself by any means, including with nuclear weapons.
“We will defend our sovereignty and independence and provide everything we can, including a nuclear arsenal,” he said, according to contact.
“Our refitted aircraft can also carry nuclear warheads,” Lukashenko said. belt.
The news arrived just a few days later Russian President Putin announced Moscow will station tactical troops Nuclear weapons in BelarusThis will be the first time Russia has placed nuclear weapons outside the country since the mid-1990s. Putin added that Moscow has sent several Iskander tactical missile systems, which are used to launch weapons. nuclear, to Belarus. And follow British intelligenceRussia has deployed the KILLJOY missile, capable of carrying conventional or nuclear warheads, to Belarus.
Belarus and Russia have worked together for many years as a so-called “union state,” with both countries working to bring the military and other sectors closer together. Over the past year, Putin has increasingly relied on Belarus to wage war in Ukraine, with Russia using Belarus as a springboard for invasion. Belarus and Russia have formed joint military groups in Belarus to prepare for potential military action.
Now, Belarus is supporting Russia’s interests in placing nuclear weapons in Belarus and in bringing nuclear forces back to its country. The country had previously given up its nuclear weapons in 1996 to Russia after gaining independence from the Soviet Union. Belarus previously updated its constitution last February, at the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to allow nuclear weapons on its territory.
Lukashenko paired his warnings that Belarus was ready to defend its nation with nuclear weapons to the accusation that Poland was preparing to invade Belarus.
“They are preparing to invade Belarusian territory to destroy our country,” Lukashenko said, according to contact.
This is not the first time Belarusian officials have sounded the alarm about threats from Poland and made promises of a strong response. The head of Belarus’ border commission, Anatoly Lappo, warned last fall that Poland was taking provocations and that Belarus’ response would be “immediately and ruthlessly.”
Earlier this week, Ryhor Azaronak, a Belarusian propagandist, warned that Belarus prepares to attack Lithuania and Poland with nuclear weapons.
“Belarus is a nuclear nation! “A country has the ability to respond with tactical nuclear weapons in the event of an attack on its territory,” Azaronak said. Warsaw will melt and Vilnius will drown. . This will happen.”
“You heard what the Russian president said about the relevant infrastructure on the territory of Belarus. I want to be clear: the entire infrastructure is already in place and ready,” Lukashenko said on Friday.
Lukashenko noted that not only tactical nuclear weapons but also strategic nuclear weapons could be part of Belarus’ arsenal.
“If we have to, Putin and I will also bring strategic nuclear weapons here. And the alien scum, who are trying to blow us away from the inside and the outside, must understand that. We will do nothing to protect our country, our state and our people,” Lukashenko said.
According to the BBC, Russia is expected to conduct training of crews to operate newer tactical nuclear weapons this week.