In response to Vladimir Putin’s statement on Saturday about the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, NATO stressed that Russia’s nuclear rhetoric is dangerous and irresponsible. The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from deploying Russian weapons on their territory. The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded the convening of the UN Security Council.
On Saturday Vladimir Putin he said his country intends to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus. According to Putin Russia she handed over Belarus among others ten planes that can carry nuclear missiles, and by June 1, warehouses to store these weapons are to be built.
NATO: Russian nuclear rhetoric is dangerous and irresponsible
On Sunday, the statement of the Russian dictator reacted FOR THISthat declared Russia’s nuclear rhetoric dangerous and irresponsible.
“NATO is vigilant, we are closely monitoring the situation. We have not noticed any changes in Russia’s attitude towards nuclear weapons that would cause us to change our position,” the statement reads.
“NATO acts in full respect of its international obligations. Russia has consistently breached its arms control commitments, most recently suspending its participation in the New Start Treaty,” it added.
The chief of EU diplomacy: Belarus can still stop it, it’s her choice
Head of European Union diplomacy Josep Borrell called on the Belarusian authorities on Sunday to refrain from deploying Russian nuclear weapons on its territory.
He warned that if Russian nuclear weapons were installed on its territory, Belarus could be subject to further sanctions.
“Belarus accepting Russian nuclear weapons on its own territory would mean an irresponsible escalation and a threat to European security. Belarus can still stop it, it’s its choice. The EU is ready to respond with further sanctions,” Borrell wrote on Twitter.
Ukraine demands the convening of the UN Security Council
The Ukrainian side also referred to Putin’s announcement. “Russia’s recent statements about the intention to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus is another provocative step by the criminal regime of Putin, undermining the foundations of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, the architecture of nuclear disarmament and the entire system of international security,” Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said in an official statement.
“We demand the immediate convening of an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council,” the ministry stressed.
Despite the horrific crimes against humanity and war crimes that accompany this aggression against a sovereign state, Russia is demonstrating its inability to win on the battlefield. It also called for international consequences to be drawn against Belarus if it agrees to the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons on its territory.
“Ukraine expects the UK, China, the US and France to effectively counteract the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail as permanent members of the UN Security Council, with special responsibility for preventing the threat of aggression with the use of nuclear weapons,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted.
Zelensky adviser: Putin admits he is afraid
Earlier, Ukrainian officials commented on the matter on Twitter. “Putin’s statement about the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons (TBJ) in Belarus is a step towards the internal destabilization of the country, which maximizes the level of negative perception and social rejection of Russia and Putin in Belarusian society,” wrote the head of the Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov. “The Kremlin has taken Belarus as a nuclear hostage,” he added.
“Putin is very predictable. With his statement about tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, he admits that he is afraid that he has lost and all he has to do is threaten with tactics,” said the adviser to the Ukrainian president, Mykhailo Podolak. “Secondly: once again he confirms his participation in the crime, violating the agreement on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons,” he stressed.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: We condemn the strengthening of threats to peace
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and Germany also spoke. “We condemn this strengthening of the threat to peace in Europe and in the world,” said Lukasz Jasina, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Polish Press Agency.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, this is “another attempt at nuclear intimidation”. “President Putin’s comparison of this to nuclear weapons deployed in NATO countries is misleading and cannot be used to justify the step announced by Russia,” the statement said. As recalled, Belarus has also made “several declarations on the international arena that it will be free of nuclear weapons.”
According to the prestigious American think tank, the Institute for the Study of War, the step announced by Putin in the military sense does not affect the risk of the current war escalating to the nuclear level, but is part of an information campaign intended to intimidate the West.
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