“We once said with Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg that we will also modify the Su planes that Belarus has so that they can carry nuclear weapons. Do you think we only grind with our tongue? Everything is ready!” A. Lukashenka declared.
He also indicated that Belarus is ready to respond “adequately” to Western “threats”, but did not specify what he meant.
“They (the member states of the European Union and the United States of America) must understand that if the conflict escalates, no helicopters and airplanes will save them,” A. Lukashenko said.
In June, he asked Putin to modify Belarusian-owned planes to carry nuclear warheads.
A. Lukashenka stated that it is necessary to do this in response to the training flights of US and NATO planes adapted to carry nuclear warheads. It is true that Belarus does not have a nuclear weapon, but it does have an RF.
At the end of June, Russia promised to deploy missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons in Belarus in the coming months. The President of Russia stated about it then Vladimir Putinwho met with A. Lukashenka in St. Petersburg.
“In the coming months, we will transfer Iskander-M tactical missile systems to Belarus, which can use ballistic or cruise missiles, their conventional and nuclear versions,” V. Putin said during the meeting with A. Lukashenko.
As tensions between Russia and the West grow war in UkrainePutin also proposed upgrading Belarus’ military aircraft to be armed with nuclear weapons.
“The Belarusian army uses a lot of Su-25 aircraft. They could be improved accordingly,” the Russian president said.
After A. Lukashenka agreed that the planes could be adapted for the use of nuclear weapons, V. Putin said that the modernization would be carried out at the aircraft factories in Russia and that personnel training should begin.
“We will agree on how to achieve that,” added V. Putin.
Russia on February 24. after the invasion of Ukraine, V. Putin mentioned nuclear weapons several times, and in the West this was perceived as a warning not to interfere. At the time, in May, Lukashenko announced that Belarus would purchase nuclear-capable Iskander missile systems and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia.
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