The self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Oleksandr Lukashenko, in his address to the nation on Friday, spoke about the possibility of placing Russian strategic nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory.
This is reported by BELTA.
In his address, Lukashenko first recalled the agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, for which, he said, "the entire infrastructure is created and ready."
"It will be necessary, Putin and I will decide and introduce strategic nuclear weapons here. And they must understand this, the scoundrels who are abroad today trying to undermine us from the inside and outside. We will stop at nothing, defending our countries, our states and their peoples," added the self-proclaimed president of Belarus.
He added that, in his opinion, nuclear weapons in Belarus will force "all overseas hawks and their satellites" to reckon with "our people, if they do not understand another language."
Strategic nuclear weapons are a conventional name for nuclear weapons with an intercontinental radius of destruction. Its carriers are intercontinental cruise and ballistic missiles and strategic bombers.
It will be recalled that last week Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Belarus will deploy tactical nuclear weapons by July and compared his own nuclear plans with the US deployment of its weapons in Europe. He insisted that Russia would not break its nuclear non-proliferation promises.
In Belarus, they believe that placing Russian nuclear warheads on the territory of the country without transferring control over them to Minsk does not contradict international law and point to a similar practice of NATO.