The EU commented on the decision to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus

The EU commented on the decision to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus

The decision to deploy Russian non-strategic nuclear weapons in Belarus does not contribute to de-escalation and "increases tensions." This was stated by the representative of the foreign policy service of the European Union Peter Stano.

He clarified that this is "not a step towards de-escalation", and the decision will not lead to a reduction in tension. “This is a move that raises tensions,” informed Stano (TASS quote).

On May 25, Defense Ministers of Russia and Belarus Sergei Shoigu and Viktor Khrenin signed documents defining the procedure for keeping non-strategic nuclear weapons in a special storage facility. As Shoigu clarified, Russia does not transfer nuclear weapons, since control and the decision on their use remain with the Russian side. According to Khrenin, the deployment of such weapons on the territory of the republic is an “effective response” to the aggressive policy of countries unfriendly to the Russian Federation and Belarus.

March 25 Russian President Vladimir Putin informed on the completion of the construction of a storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons (TNW) in Belarus by July this year. The President noted that Moscow is not transferring nuclear weapons to Minsk, but is doing what the United States has been doing for many years: deploying tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of allies and training their pilots in handling them.

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