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Russia to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus by July, says Vladimir Putin

Earlier, both Putin and Lukashenko agreed the plan to deploy Russian land-based short-range nuclear missiles on the territory of Moscow's close ally, where they will remain under Russian command.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his Belarus' counterpart in Sochi on June 9, 2023. (Photo by Gavriil Grigorov / SPUTNIK / AFP) (AFP)Premium
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his Belarus' counterpart in Sochi on June 9, 2023. (Photo by Gavriil Grigorov / SPUTNIK / AFP) (AFP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on 9 June told his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko that Russia will start deploying tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus after the facilities are ready on 7-8 July.

According to a readout from the Kremlin, as quoted by the news agency Reuters, Putin said, "So everything is according to plan, everything is stable".

"Preparation of the relevant facilities ends on July 7-8, and we will immediately begin activities related to the deployment of appropriate types of weapons on your territory," Putin said after meeting with Lukashenko in Sochi.

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To this, Lukashenko said, "Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich."

Earlier, both Putin and Lukashenko agreed on the plan to deploy Russian land-based short-range nuclear missiles on the territory of Moscow's close ally, where they will remain under Russian command.

Putin even said that the United States and its Western allies are pumping arms into Ukraine as part of an expanding proxy war aimed at bringing Russia to its knees.

In March, Putin announced he wanted to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, which was an apparent warning to the U.S.-led NATO military alliance over its support for Ukraine.

Putin's move is being closely watched by both the United States and its NATO allies in Europe and by China, added Reuters.

With agency inputs.

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Published: 09 Jun 2023, 06:43 PM IST
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