Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused the West of “getting ready to invade” Belarus from Poland, and welcomed Moscow’s transfer to station Russian tactical nuclear warheads in Belarus, saying the weapons are wanted to safeguard the nation.
In an deal with to the nation Friday, Lukashenko mentioned he has intensified talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin about deploying each tactical and strategic – extra highly effective – nuclear weapons to take care of threats from Ukraine’s western allies who he claims are planning a coup in opposition to him.
“If essential, not solely tactical but in addition strategic nuclear weapons shall be launched into Belarus,” he’s quoted as saying by state media BELGA in his first feedback since Putin introduced plans to finish the development of a particular storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus by the start of July.
He confirmed that Moscow has already transferred an Iskander short-range missile system, a tool which might be fitted with nuclear or typical warheads, to Belarus.
“Our transformed planes can even carry a nuclear warhead. You heard from the President of Russia about joint plans to create the suitable infrastructure on the territory of Belarus. I simply need to make clear: the whole infrastructure has been created and is prepared,” he mentioned.
Lukashenko burdened that Minsk and Moscow would make “each effort and use the means to make sure their sovereignty and independence,” in opposition to Poland and its “zealous” western neighbors who he accused of build up the “formation of sure regiments, banners, legions,” for a “subsequent coup in Belarus.”
“On the similar time, the switch of NATO troops to the east is continuing at an accelerated tempo. The grouping of the bloc in Poland and the Baltic nations alone right this moment has greater than 21,000 army personnel, 250 tanks, nearly 500 armored automobiles, about 150 plane and helicopters. And this entire armada is defiantly coaching close to the borders of Belarus and Russia. The query is identical: why?” he mentioned.
In response, the Belarusian army has been instructed to “instantly restore websites” in Belarus the place intercontinental ballistic missile programs with nuclear warheads have been beforehand positioned. “If essential, Putin and I’ll resolve and introduce strategic nuclear weapons right here. They usually should perceive this, those that are attempting to blow us up overseas right this moment from inside and out of doors. We’ll cease at nothing, defending our nations, our states and their peoples,” the Belarusian chief mentioned, including that he’s “assured that these measures” will deter “abroad hawks and their satellites for a very long time.”