At the request of the Belarusian side, Russia will deploy its tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, the same way as the United States has been doing on the territory of its allied countries.

On March 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that the construction of a special storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus will end on July 1.

The decision was made after London had declared its plans to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium shells. In response, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko warned that Russia would supply Belarus with “ammunition with real uranium.”

“Even outside the context of these events, this statement (about possible supplies of depleted uranium ammunition by Britain to Ukraine), Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko has long raised the question of deploying Russian tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus,” Putin said.

He stressed that there is “nothing unusual” in such a decision, since  “the United States has been doing this for decades.”

“They have long placed their tactical nuclear weapons on the territories of their allies, NATO countries, and in Europe. In six states – the Federal Republic of Germany, Turkey, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Greece – well, not in Greece now, but there is still a storage facility,” the Russian president said.

Moscow and Minsk have agreed to do the same, “without violating their international obligations on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons,” Putin stressed.

Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia does follow the example of the United States. It is not transferring its tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus, but it will deploy them and train the military, like the United States do in Europe.

“In fact, we are doing all the same things that they have been doing for decades,” Putin explained, noting that the Americans are deploying these weapons and preparing carriers and crews. “We are going to do the same thing, that’s what Alexander Grigoryevich asked for,” concluded the President of the Russian Federation.

Russia has already helped Minsk to upgrade its aircraft, 10 of which already can carry nuclear weapons. Russian famous Iskander complexes were also deployed in Belarus. On July 1, the construction of a special storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons will be finished and on July 3, Russia will start training Belarusian crews on operation of these weapons.

“So everything that the President of Belarus asked, all the questions he raised in this regard, they are being implemented, and all our agreements will take place in the very near future,” the Russian leader continued.

Moscow clarified that London’s decision to transfer depleted uranium shells to Ukraine was not a reason but rather a pretext.

“As for our talks with Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko… Just a pretext was the statement of the British Deputy Defense Minister [Annabel Goldie] that they are going to supply depleted uranium charges to Ukraine, this is anyway concerned with nuclear technologies,” Putin said.

Despite the ongoing statements by NATO member states that they are allegedly trying to stop the war and defend themselves from “Russian aggression” by fully arming and coordinating the actions of the Ukrainian military, London clearly assessed its provocation and took another step towards a global nuclear war. Russia’s reaction is not unexpected. Moscow has already demonstrated its readiness to fight and respond to the all provocations of NATO, including with its nuclear weapons. While NATO is pursuing its offensive policy aimed at destroying Russia, the war in Ukraine, which has been going on for many years, poses an existential threat to Moscow.