The new nuclear threat brandished by the Kremlin says more about China and Belarus than about the danger of an unconventional escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.
Nothing new under the sun, one might say, when Russian leaders say they will deliver tactical nuclear weapons to their neighbor Belarus.
They had already announced it several times since the beginning of the war.
The revision of the Belarusian Constitution aimed at allowing the deployment of nuclear weapons on the national territory, in February 2022, had prepared the ground for the decision.
The suspension of Russia's commitments within the framework of the New Start strategic arms reduction treaty had recently provided some atmospheric elements on the state of mind that reigns on the nuclear subject in the Kremlin.
It has become a kind of routine.
Every time Westerners take a new step in helping Ukraine or when Russian troops are in trouble on the ground...
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