Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that tactical nuclear weapons will be delivered to Belarus after July 7-8.
The Russian leader said this at a meeting with the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko in Sochi, according to the Russian news agency ” RIA Novosti “, quoted by the Ukrainian publication ” Europeiska Pravda “.
“As far as the most sensitive issues we agreed with you are concerned, everything is going according to plan. As you know, during July 7-8, the preparation of the relevant equipment will be completed, and immediately we will start the measures related to the placement of the relevant types of weapons on your territory,” Putin said.
In late March of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an agreement with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in the neighboring country.
Also then, Putin announced that the Iskander missile complex, which can carry tactical nuclear weapons, had been handed over to Belarus.
On May 25, the defense ministers of Russia and Belarus signed documents regarding the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus. On the same day, Lukashenko announced that the nuclear weapons of the Russian Federation have already begun to be transferred to Belarus.
In May, Russia and Belarus concluded an agreement on the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory. Control over them will be ensured from Moscow.
The document regulates, in particular, the ways of keeping Russian non-strategic nuclear weapons in a special warehouse on the territory of the Republic of Belarus. It also ensures the Russian side’s control over the armaments, and the decision to use them is kept in Moscow.