Russia could deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.

NATO has declared that the Russian plan to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus is dangerous and irresponsible.

The transatlantic alliance is “vigilant,” a spokeswoman declared a day after President Vladimir Putin announced the plan. She affirmed that Moscow would finish the construction of a warehouse of tactical nuclear warheads in Belarus at the beginning of the month of July.

Ukraine has requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the Kremlin’s plan, saying the move amounts to nuclear blackmail.

Putin responded to the criticism by comparing the move to the fact that the United States has part of its nuclear arsenal on the territory of its European allies. On Sunday, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu stated that the Western allies had yet to “see any change in Russia’s nuclear posture that would lead us to adjust ours.”

“Russia’s nuclear rhetoric is dangerous and irresponsible. NATO is alert, and we are closely monitoring the situation,” she stated. Russia’s reference to NATO’s nuclear deal is totally misleading. NATO allies act in full respect of their international commitments.

“Russia has consistently breached its arms control commitments, the latest of which has been to suspend its participation in the New START Treaty.”

Last month, Putin declared that Moscow would suspend its participation in the New START Treaty, the latest nuclear arms control pact between Russia and the United States. NATO has urged Moscow to return to honor the pact “in good faith.”

another provocative step

The Ukrainian government has criticized Putin’s nuclear deal with Minsk, with the Foreign Ministry calling it “another provocative step” by Moscow that undermines “the international security system as a whole.”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “Russia once again confirms its chronic failure to be a responsible steward of nuclear weapons as a means of deterrence and prevention of conflict, and not as an instrument of menace and intimidation.”

Kyiv has summoned a UN Security Council session and urged the G7 and the EU to warn Belarus of “far-reaching implications” if it accepts Russian weaponry. Putin stated that Russia would not give up control of its military to Belarus, one of its important allies and that his plan would not violate nuclear non-proliferation pledges.

In his announcement, broadcast on state television, he said that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had requested the location of the weapons. Minsk has yet to comment publicly on Putin’s announcement.

Last year, Minsk permitted Russia to utilize Belarusian territory to transfer troops into Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government issued a statement demanding that all nations make clear to Putin that “the categorical unacceptability of his future nuclear provocations and take decisive action to effectively deter and prevent the prospect of the use of nuclear weapons” are not acceptable.