Russia to deploy nukes in Belarus

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 25 May 2023 by Alex Teddy

On May 25 Belarus signed an agreement about Russian nuclear weapons being stationed in Belarus. The Russian news agency TASS reported this. Russia shall still control its non-strategic nuclear arms in Belarus. The Russian Defense Minister was in Belarus to sign the agreement with his Belarusian counterpart. In March 2023 Putin stated that Russia was sending tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus and that this was nothing out of the ordinary. However, the timing is significant. The statement was made two months before the signing of the agreement. Perhaps Ukrainian incursions into Russia have prompted Russia to change its posture. The EU says it will impose new sanctions on Belarus for allowing Russia to deploy these nuclear arms. Belarus says it is impelled to allow these nuclear arms on its soil because of Western pressure that it is heavier than ever before.

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