Belarusian opposition leader in exile, Svetlana Tikhanovskayahas warned the international community of the danger of Russian nuclear weapons becoming “in the hands of a crazy dictator”, in a clear allusion to the president of his country, Alexander Lukashenko.
The president confirmed Tuesday in an interview with Russia’s state-run Rossiya 1 news channel that Belarus had already received the first “missiles and bombs” but “not all” of the weapons pledged in March by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Tijanóvskaya has denounced the passivity of Western political leaders which, in their view, choose to remain “silent” in the face of the first deployment of tactical nuclear weapons outside Russia since the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Belarus, like Ukraine and Kazakhstan, then renounced its nuclear arsenal in exchange for security guarantees from post-Soviet Russia and the West.
“It does not create any new threat to NATO countries, so They don’t take it seriously.”Tikhanovskaya criticized.
The United States and its European allies condemned the Kremlin’s plans, but within the transatlantic organization they maintain the same position regarding the use of strategic nuclear weapons. Washington and the rest of the European chancelleries they have no clues that Russia is preparing to use this type of weapon in the Ukraine.
However, Lukashenko threatened to use them before possible aggressors: “God save me from having to make the decision to use these weapons. But there will be no doubts in case of aggression against us”.
The Belarusian president, known as “the last dictator in Europe”, boasted of the material provided by the Kremlin. According to Lukashenko, the Russian bombs were “three times more powerful” than those launched by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.
“Tactical weapons are fine, and the [sistema de misiles] Iskander travels 500 kilometers or more,” he said of the batch of weapons, which he said he needed to make sure “that not a single foreign soldier ever sets foot on Belarusian territory again.”
Russia, for its part, has guaranteed that will control tactical missiles deployed in the territory of its main ally, one of the places from which it launched the invasion of Ukraine in February last year with the intention of taking Kyiv.
Putin reserves its use. The Russian president has waited since March for the storage areas to be ready to start the transfer work. Now, Lukashenko boasts of having in Belarus more hangars “than village dogs”.