on Saturday 25 March, 2023

Russia’s Putin announces deal to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Belarus’ counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi on September 26, 2022. (Sputnik via AFP)

Russia has struck a deal with neighboring Belarus to station tactical nuclear weapons on its territory, Tass news agency quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying on Saturday.

Such a move would not violate nuclear nonproliferation agreements, Putin said, adding that the United States had stationed nuclear weapons on the territory of European allies.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has long raised the issue of stationing tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, which borders Poland, Putin said.

“We agreed with Lukashenko that we would place tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus without violating the nonproliferation regime,” Tass quoted Putin as saying.