Russian troops have “trained” Belarusian forces on how to use tactical nuclear weapons and Belarus have warned that they are now at a “high level of readiness.”
In March this year Vladimir Putin allowed his nuclear Iskander weapons to be stationed in Belarus and the recent update is worry for the West.
The Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement, “At one of the training grounds of the Southern Military District, since April 3, the crews of a separate missile division equipped with the Iskander-M operational-tactical missile system of the Armed Forces of Belarus have been trained.”
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The statement added that the Belarusian military “showed excellent results” which “confirmed a high level of readiness to perform tasks as intended.”
The Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that this is “this next step” and warned the West against to stop being anti-Russia.
Belarusian Defence Minister Viktor Khrenin was asked over the Russian nuclear weapons being in Belarus, he said that Lukashenko previously stated that “we are the masters of our land.”
The Belarusian Defence Minister said, “We have prepared equipment – these are aircraft that can carry nuclear weapons. We have trained pilots.
“We received the state-of-the-art Iskander complex, which can use missiles with nuclear warheads.
“There is a stir here, but everyone didn’t hear one more thing that our President said: it’s necessary – we will also have strategic nuclear weapons.”
He added that Belarus are “preparing the sites we have” and “if such aggressive rhetoric continues, this will be the next step.”
He continued, “On the threat of force only by force. In a different way, unfortunately now in the West they don’t understand.”