Russian President Vladimir Putin said that preparations will be completed on July 7-8. The move came at a time set for NATO.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that tactical nuclear weapons will be deployed in Belarus from July. According to the state news agency TASS, after meeting with Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko on Friday, Putin said that preparations at the relevant facilities would be completed on July 7 and 8.
Then the transfer will start. Everything is on schedule. This will begin deployment just before the NATO summit in Lithuania, a country neighboring Belarus. The summit in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, will take place on 11-12 July.
Putin announced on March 25 that he would hand over Russian nuclear weapons to the former Soviet Republic of Belarus. The first tactical nuclear weapons were supposed to reach Belarus in early April.
The Russian President also justified the deployment of weapons by the fact that the United States has had nuclear weapons in Europe for years, including in Germany. The West had heavily criticized the plans. At the end of May, Lukashenko said that the announced arms transfer to his country had already begun.
Belarus, which voluntarily surrendered its nuclear weapons after the collapse of the Soviet Union, received nuclear missiles for the first time since the 1990s.
Iskander missiles, which can be equipped with nuclear warheads, will be deployed. Several Belarusian fighter jets were also converted into new weapons.
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