Despite the reaction of the West and the threat of new sanctions, Russia is not going to abandon its plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.
“Such a reaction, of course, cannot affect Russia’s plans. The president explained everything in a statement he made in an interview on Saturday. There is nothing to add to this,” he said at a briefing on March 27.
On March 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had concluded an agreement with neighboring Belarus on the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons on its territory in response to the supply of depleted uranium shells to Ukraine. According to Putin, such a move would not violate the agreement on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. The construction of the storage facility is scheduled to be completed on July 1. There, it seems, Russia wants to place its tactical nuclear weapons.
IN NATO called Putin’s statements “dangerous and irresponsible”however, they added that at present they do not observe any concrete steps from Russia to implement this statement.
Germany and France condemned the decision of the President of Russia deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, bringing it closer to the European Union. EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell also said that Brussels is ready to introduce new sanctions against Belarus if Russian nuclear weapons are deployed in Minsk.