Russia has begun deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. The U.S. government condemned this and put pressure on it, saying it would adhere to its unchanging nuclear response policy.
Summarizing the foreign press on the 25th (local time), US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said at a press conference that day, “We have seen Russia’s irresponsible behavior for more than a year since Russia invaded Ukraine.” This action is the latest example of this.”
A spokesman for Miller warned of consequences in this case, saying, “The use of biochemical and nuclear weapons will have serious consequences.”
At the same time, however, Miller said that he had not yet found a reason to adjust the US nuclear policy and said, “I have not seen any indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons.”
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has again made an irresponsible and provocative choice,” said White House spokeswoman Kerin Janpierre. “We are committed to the collective defense of our NATO alliance.”
Earlier that day, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced that Russian nuclear weapons had already begun to be delivered to Belarusian territory in accordance with a bilateral agreement between Russia and Belarus.
According to the Bela and TASS news agencies, President Lukashenko said in a speech broadcast live on Russia-1 that day that the transfer of nuclear weapons had already begun in accordance with the bilateral agreement between Russia and Belarus. He is visiting Moscow to attend the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Economic Forum.
“He (Putin) informed me today that he signed a decree on our actions to store nuclear weapons in Belarus,” Lukashenko said. “We had to prepare storage facilities, etc. “We’ve done all of this,” he added.
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