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Western countries left Belarus no choice but to deploy Russian tactical nuclear weapons and had better take heed not to “cross red lines” on key strategic issues, a senior Belarusian official was quoted as saying on Sunday (28 May).

Alexander Volfovich, state secretary of Belarus’ Security Council, said it was logical that the weapons were withdrawn after the 1991 Soviet collapse as the United States had provided security guarantees and imposed no sanctions.

“Today, everything has been torn down. All the promises made are gone forever,” the Belta news agency quoted Volfovich as telling an interviewer on state television.

Belarus, led by President Alexander Lukashenko since 1994, is Russia’s staunchest ally among ex-Soviet states and allowed its territory to be used to launch the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Eelmisel nädalal otsustas Venemaa paigutada Valgevene territooriumile taktikalised tuumarelvad eesmärgiga saavutada lahinguväljal konkreetseid edusamme.

Russia says its “special military operation” in Ukraine was aimed at countering what it says is a drive by the “collective west” to wage a proxy war and inflict a defeat on Moscow.

“The deployment of tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus is therefore one of the steps of strategic deterrence. If there remains any reason in the heads of Western politicians, of course, they will not cross this red line,” Volfovich said.

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He said any resort to using “even tactical nuclear weapons will lead to irreversible consequences.”

Lukašenka ütles eelmisel nädalal, et relvad on juba liikvel, kuid pole veel selge, millal need paika saavad.

USA on mõistnud hukka tuumarelvade tulevase paigutamise Valgevenesse, kuid väidab, et tema seisukohta selliste relvade kasutamise suhtes ei ole muudetud.

Western sanctions were imposed on Belarus long before the invasion in connection with Lukashenko’s clampdown on human rights, particularly the repression of mass protests against what his opponents said was his rigged re-election in 2020.

Pärast iseseisvumist Nõukogude võimu alt nõustusid Valgevene, Ukraina ja Kasahstan oma relvade eemaldamisega ja Venemaale tagastamisega osana rahvusvahelistest jõupingutustest massihävitusrelvade leviku tõkestamiseks.

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