Russia’s plans to move nukes to Belarus further involves it in ‘military machine’ – Poland’s MFA
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Russia’s plan to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus is a step towards further involving Minsk in the “military machine of the Russian Federation,” Polish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Łukasz Jasina told Polish media outlet RMF FM on March 26.
“We believe that (Russian dictator) Vladimir Putin’s decision to deploy tactical nuclear weapons and their delivery means in Belarus further increases tensions in connection with Russian aggression against Ukraine,” he said.
“This is another step towards drawing Belarus into the cogs of the Russian military machine.
”It also poses risks in terms of nuclear non-proliferation, he added.
“Russia’s actions confirm the legitimacy and importance of NATO’s deterrence posture, in which Poland participates,” Jasina said.
Putin announced on March 25 that he plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus, declaring that “the collective West is already starting to use weapons with a nuclear component,” forcing Russia to “react accordingly.”
He justified his decision based on the March 21 announcement by the United Kingdom that it will transfer depleted uranium shells for Challenger2 tanks to Ukraine.
The French Foreign Ministry called on Russia to review its decision regarding the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus.
The European Union’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, condemned Russia’s plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, stating that “the European Union stands ready to respond with further sanctions.”
Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the world community to take decisive measures to prevent the possibility of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons.
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