The self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin, are interested in deploying tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of the Russian satellite country.
In an interview with Radio NV, Pavlo Latushko, the Belarusian oppositionist and Minister of Culture of Belarus in 2009-2012, mentioned the signs of such intentions.
"We have inside information, confirmed from several sources, that officers of the missile and artillery forces of Belarus went to the Russian Federation to warehouses and storage areas of tactical nuclear weapons, studied logistics, transportation. This week, chemical radiation protection troops were trained near Belarus. For the sake of why is all this happening? One of the elements is the preparation and deployment of tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus," he said.
The Belarusian oppositionist also recalled the statements of the leaders of the two dictatorial regimes about the modernization of the SU-25 bombers, which are capable of carrying tactical nuclear weapons, and the fact that the dual-purpose "Iskanders" have already arrived on combat duty in Belarus.
"All this suggests that in fact one step remains to be taken, one push, and nuclear tactical weapons will be placed on the territory of Belarus," Latushko emphasized.
The Belarusian oppositionist clarified that Putin will not entrust Lukashenka with nuclear weapons, but will only place them on the territory of Belarus and "they will be under the control of the Russian military space forces, nuclear deterrence forces."
Latushko also noted that Lukashenko does not object to the placement of nuclear weapons, because he believes that this will increase his rating and guarantee lifelong power.
At the same time, the former Belarusian government official emphasized that nuclear weapons in Belarus pose an additional threat not only to Ukraine, but also to Western Europe.
It will be recalled that the Russian political scientist Andriy Piontkovsky believes that Putin is involving Alexander Lukashenko in nuclear blackmail, and that is why the head of the Russian Federation flew to Minsk.
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