Lukashenko: Russia transferred tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said in St. Petersburg that Russia has completed all deliveries of tactical nuclear weapons to his country, an action that is causing serious concern in neighboring Poland

by Sededin Dedovic
Lukashenko: Russia transferred tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus
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In a shocking revelation on Monday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko confirmed that Russia had successfully delivered tactical nuclear weapons to his country. The announcement, made during a meeting in St. Petersburg, sparked concern across the region, particularly in neighboring Poland and beyond.

Lukashenko revealed that the deliveries were completed in October, leading to questions about the amount of weapons sent and the specific locations of their deployment. Tactical nuclear weapons, designed for battlefield use, have a shorter range and lower yield compared to their long-range counterparts.

Despite the seriousness of this development, President Lukashenko did not elaborate on the scope or specific nature of the weapons delivered. Russia, however, has determined that it will retain control over tactical nuclear weapons deployed in Belarus.

And the Kremlin declared that these are "preventive" measures and that Russia always thinks three steps ahead.

Potential aggression

The president of Belarus sees the strategic decision to place Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus as a deterrent against potential aggression by NATO member Poland.

This statement seems ridiculous, and the question arises whether Lukasenko really meant this. Poland has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine, offering military, humanitarian and political aid in the face of the ongoing Russian invasion.

In response, Poland imposed international sanctions on both Russia and Belarus, but in no case did any Polish representative mention his country's potential invasion of its neighbor. During the early days of the war, forces allegedly stationed in Belarus, believed to be under Russian command, launched attacks into Ukraine from the north.

The extent of Belarusian involvement in these actions remains unclear. Lukashenko's recent revelation further complicates an already tense geopolitical situation, raising questions about the potential consequences of possessing tactical nuclear weapons in such a volatile region.

His statement that he wants to prevent a potential Polish invasion is even more worrying because it is possible that he is looking for a reason to attack Poland, and we know what happened in the last century when Poland was attacked.

The international community is grappling with the urgent need to address escalating tensions in Eastern Europe, and the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons has brought the region to a boil.