Belarus is preparing sites for deployment of strategic nuclear weapons. This was announced by Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin during a conversation with journalists at one of the military training grounds, BelTA informs .
“If necessary, we will also have strategic nuclear weapons. And we are already engaged in the preparation of our existing sites. And if the hostile rhetoric [of the West] continues, that will be the next step. We will respond to force only with force. They don’t understand it differently in the West,” Khrenin said.
He also spoke about the preparations for the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. “We have prepared equipment, aircraft that can carry nuclear weapons, we have received a modern Iskander complex, which is also capable of using missiles with nuclear warheads. Next week, the preparation of the corresponding unit in Russia will be completed, and it will return to us,” Khrenin said.
At the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that on July 1, Russia would complete the construction of a storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus. He stressed that nuclear weapons will only be deployed in the republic, it is not planned to transfer them to the Belarusian side. According to Putin, the United States is doing the same with its allies. “We basically do everything that they have been doing for decades. They have [nuclear charges] in certain countries with the allies and their carriers are being prepared, and the crews are also preparing them. We are going to do the same,” Putin said.
On March 31, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in his annual message to the people and parliament stated that strategic nuclear weapons could also be deployed on the territory of the republic. “It will be necessary – Putin and I will decide and introduce here, if necessary, strategic weapons. And they must understand this, scoundrels, there, abroad, who today are trying to blow us up from within and without. We will stop at nothing to defend our countries, our states and our peoples,” Lukashenka assured.