Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka has announced that he will ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to hand over nuclear weapons to Belarus if similar NATO systems are deployed in Poland.
– We are ready for it on the territory of Belarus – said Lukashenka in an interview with the Russian news agency RIA.
Lukashenka’s statement was made in the context of Germany’s hesitations about keeping American nuclear weapons on its territory under the NATO nuclear sharing program. As part of NATO deterrence, the United States has deployed nuclear weapons to Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. In the event of a conflict, the air forces of these countries are to transfer US nuclear bombs.
The issue of sharing nuclear weapons was the subject of talks between the parties forming the new government coalition. Even before its conclusion, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, during his visit to Berlin, spoke about the NATO sharing of nuclear weapons as “our final guarantee of security”. He added that he hoped Germany would remain faithful to the agreement, but at the same time made a reservation that American nuclear weapons could be moved further east if Germany gave up the nuclear weapons division agreement.
Last Wednesday, finally the new coalition partners of the future German government ensured that that Berlin would remain part of the deal and that Germany would not require the United States to remove nuclear bombs from German soil, as some allies feared. It is estimated that around 20 US atomic bombs are stored at the German Buechel airbase.
The head of NATO welcomed the decision of the German authorities to continue hosting Western nuclear weapons in this country. At the same time, he expressed the hope that “Germany will invest more in its military.”
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