Lee Heidhues 3.25.2023
The American public may not, yet, be paying attention. It should.
Vladimir Putin will be placing tactical nukes in Belarus. A large country which borders on Ukraine.
The Ukrainians may be fighting Russia to a standstill on the battlefield but Putin shows no intention of negotiating a settlement. He intends to continue his aggression no matter what the cost.
Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 3.25.2023
Russia will station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, according to TASS state news agency.
Putin said he reached an agreement with Belarusian president — and his closest regional ally — Alexander Lukashenko.
“We agreed with Lukashenko that we could place tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus without violating the nonproliferation regime,” Putin said, according to the TASS report.
“There is nothing unusual here either: The United States has been doing this for decades. They have long placed their tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of their allies,” Putin added.
Tactical nuclear weapons refer to those used for specific gains in the battlefield and the transfer of the weapons would mark the first time Russia will have based them outside the country since the mid-1990s.
The announcement comes as the battle for Bakhmut rages on, with Ukraine’s top military chiefs claiming that the Kremlin’s forces are depleted on the ground.
Top photo – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko observe training launches of ballistic missiles as part of the exercise of the strategic deterrence force, in Moscow, Russia February 19, 2022. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS