Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Friday that Russia could hold intercontinental nuclear missiles in Belarus if necessary. Earlier, the Belarusian strongman had agreed to station Russian tactical nuclear weapons in his country.
In an annual address to lawmakers and government officials, Lukashenka said Moscow’s plans to station nuclear arms on its territory could help give protection to Belarus, which he said was under threat from the West.
“I am not trying to intimidate or blackmail anyone. I want to safeguard the Belarusian state and ensure peace for the Belarusian people,” Lukashenka said.
Although Vladimir Putin said that the tactical missiles would remain under Moscow’s control, Lukashenka suggested he could use them with Russia’s agreement if Belarus was to be threatened with destruction.
Any attempt by dictators to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus, tactical or strategic, is a direct violation of our constitution. Belarus is not a Russian military base - it's an independent country of free people. We can't let Lukashenka turn our country into a nuclear wasteland. pic.twitter.com/mEKKJzQzkn— Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) March 31, 2023
Belarus has said it will not enter the war but regularly holds joint military training exercises with Russian forces.
Once again by points. Any ceasefire will mean RF’s right to stay in the occupied territories. This is totally inadmissible... 🇺🇦 has the right to move troops and equipment on its territory as it deems necessary. Weird "peacekeepers" look ridiculous.— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) March 31, 2023