Shoigu claims Belarusian aircraft now able to deliver nuclear strikes
Shoigu announced the new aviation capabilities of Belarus, which threaten Ukraine (Photo:Sputnik/Sergei Fadeichev/Pool via Reuters)
Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergiy Shoigu, claimed that the aggressor country has upgraded Belarusian aircraft with the capacity to launch nuclear strikes, Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti published a video of his speech on Telegram on April 4.
"Some of the Belarusian ground attack aircraft have gained the ability to strike at enemy targets with nuclear-armed weapons," Shoigu said.
Russia also transferred an Iskander-M ballistic missile system capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the minister added.
Belarusian troops began training on the system in Russia on April 3.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin claimed on March 25 his intention to place tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, justifying his decision by Britain’s plan to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium ammunition.
Russians have allegedly converted ten Belarusian aircraft for the use of tactical nuclear weapons and handed over Iskander missile systems that can carry nuclear missiles, Putin said.
A storage facility for Putin’s tactical nuclear weapons is under construction in Belarus and is expected to be finished by July 1.
Many countries have condemned Putin's nuclear escalation. The EU declared new anti-Russian sanctions in this case.
On March 31, China also opposed the idea of spreading nuclear weapons to other countries.
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