Ukraine: Lukashenko’s priority is to ‘preserve power’ says Lavaleuski
Belarus has warned it is preparing its military for the use of nuclear weapons as its “next step” against Western anti-Russia rhetoric. Asked about the issue of deploying Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, Belarusian Defence Minister Viktor Khrenin said President Alexander Lukashenko had clearly answered this question as he met with Vladimir Putin last week, emphasising that “we are the masters of our land”.
He said: “We have prepared equipment – these are aircraft that can carry nuclear weapons. We have trained pilots.
“We received the state-of-the-art Iskander complex, which can use missiles with nuclear warheads.
“There is a stir here, but everyone didn’t hear one more thing that our president said: it’s necessary – we will also have strategic nuclear weapons.
He added the country is “preparing the sites we have” and “if such aggressive rhetoric continues, this will be the next step”.
He continued: “On the threat of force only by force. In a different way, unfortunately now in the West they don’t understand.”
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