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Putin Deploys Tactical Nuclear Weapons Outside Russia For First Time In Decades


The Russian leader hides behind a lie about the war in Ukraine to announce the location outside his territory of this weapon, designed to be used on the battlefield.


The Associated Press

Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Saturday advanced his plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring and allied Belarus as a warning to the West after increasing its military support for Ukraine.

Tactical nuclear weapons are designed for use on the battlefield, as opposed to more powerful and longer-range strategic nuclear weapons to bomb other countries.

[This is the first time since the mid-1990s that Russia has located these weapons outside its territory, according to the Reuters news agency;

it is unknown how many such weapons Russia has.]

Putin claimed this was his response to Britain's decision last week to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium armor-piercing shells, which Russia falsely claimed contained nuclear components.

[Xi travels to Russia to boost China's role on the diplomatic scene and back Putin in the conflict with Ukraine]

Putin affirmed that Russia will continue to have control of the nuclear weapons located in Belarus, and that the construction of facilities to store them will be completed by July 1.

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has long advocated this move, Putin said in an interview broadcast Saturday night on Russian state television.

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He insisted that

Russia will not violate its international obligations on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons

, alleging that the United States has long deployed its nuclear weapons in the territories of its Atlantic Alliance allies.

Belarus borders three NATO members: Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Russia has used Belarus to send troops to Ukraine since its invasion began on February 24, 2002, and the two countries maintain close military ties.

[Putin visits Crimea on the ninth anniversary of its annexation to Russia after the arrest warrant against him]

Putin said he helped modernize Belarusian military planes last year to carry nuclear warheads, and that 10 of them are ready to fly now.

He also assured that the nuclear warheads in Belarus could be delivered by short-range Iskander missiles that he provided last year.

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2023-03-25

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