The Russian President, Vladimir Putinannounced this Saturday an agreement with Belarus for the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in the territory of that country, which shares a border with Ukraine.
“There is nothing extraordinary here. First, the US has been doing it for decades. It placed its tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of its allied countries, the NATO countries, in Europe a long time ago. If my memory serves me correctly, in six countries: Germany, Turkey, Holland, Belgium, Italy and Greece”, he assured in statements to public television.
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putin He stressed that said agreement does not violate Russia’s obligations on nuclear non-proliferation and announced that on April 3 the training of the Belarusian military will begin and on July 1 the construction of a silo to place said weapons in the neighboring country will have been completed.
“We do not give them up. The United States does not cede them to its allies either ”, He added and specified that Moscow has already modernized the planes of the Belarusian Air Force to carry these weapons.
He acknowledged that the trigger for the announcement was the decision of the United Kingdom to supply the Ukrainian army with ammunition with depleted uranium, although London assures that it is not a nuclear weapon.
“Anyway, that is related to nuclear technology. It’s obvious”replied today putin.
Although, straight away, putin He recalled that the Belarusian president, Alexandr Lukashenko, had long ago requested the deployment of this type of weapon on the soil of the former Soviet republic.
He recalled that Moscow has already supplied Minsk with Iskander tactical missiles and that these are also capable of carrying nuclear charges.
Ukraine has repeatedly accused Minsk of being an accomplice in the current military campaign, although Lukashenko is hiding behind NATO’s militarization of its borders.
The Russian leader acknowledged that the British ammunition is not considered a weapon of mass destruction, but it is a weapon “most dangerous”especially because it creates a highly polluting radioactive cloud after impact.
“I must say that Russia, of course, has what to respond with. Without exaggeration, we have hundreds of thousands, hundreds of thousands of those shells. We haven’t used them yet.”he pointed.
In turn, he admitted that Western weaponry represents “a threat” for Russia, but warned that it will only prolong the conflict and “It will only lead to a great tragedy, nothing more.”
In this regard, he assured that the Russian military industry produces three times more ammunition than before, while the US produces about 15,000 shells per year, a figure unattainable for other Western powers, and next year 42,000, when Ukrainian troops spend 5,000 shells daily.
He announced that Russia plans to manufacture and modernize more than 1,600 tanks, when the “arsonists”, alluding to Western countries, they will supply kyiv “420 or 440 tanks.”
“The total volume of tanks in the Russian Army will be three times greater than the number of tanks in the Ukrainian Army. Even more than three times”he pointed.
putin already warned on Tuesday that Moscow will be forced to react in the event that Ukraine use weapons with “nuclear component”.
The United Kingdom’s Undersecretary for Defense, Anabell Goldie, responded on Monday on the website of the British Parliament to a question from Lord Hylton, a member of the House of Lords, about the possibility of sending these projectiles to Ukraine.
“In addition to sending a squadron of Challenger 2 tanks to Ukrainewe will supply projectiles with depleted uranium”, Goldie said, noting that they are more effective at destroying armored vehicles.
The British Ministry of Defense accused Russia the day before of “misinform” for saying that depleted uranium ammunition has a “nuclear component”.
A spokesman for this ministry pointed out that “The British Army has used depleted uranium in its armor-piercing shells for decades.” and “It is a standard component and has nothing to do with nuclear weapons or capabilities.”
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