Nuclear Arms Transfer: Tensions Escalate Between Russia and Ukraine
On Thursday, Russia and Belarus signed an agreement making the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory official. Moscow would retain control of the armed forces. With this action, Presidents Putin of Russia and Lukashenko of Belarus ratified their earlier agreement.
Putin said in March that Russia would be stationing tactical, short-range, low-yield nuclear weapons in Belarus. Russia and Ukraine signed the agreement just before Ukraine launched its long-awaited retaliation strike. Russian and Belarusian leaders made a move in response to Western antagonism.
During a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu in Minsk, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrinin emphasized that using non-strategic nuclear weapons is a viable response to the aggressive behavior of countries that are not friendly to us.
Shoigu said that control over these weapons remains with Russia, as well as the decision to use them.
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Shoigu claimed that a decision to retaliate militarily and nuclearly was made in response to a dramatic escalation in danger along Russia and Belarus’ western borders. The Belarusian Ministry of Defense confirmed that the storage facility mentioned in the agreement is located within Belarusian territory.
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The exact timing of the weapon deployment in Belarus was not disclosed. However, Putin had earlier said that the storage facilities for Belarus’s tactical nuclear weapons would be ready by July 1.
Svetlana Sikhanskaya, the exiled head of the Belarusian opposition, strongly criticized the decision.
After Minsk revealed that Russia had initiated transferring nuclear weapons to Belarusian territory, exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya claimed Thursday that the move threatened Europe and Ukraine.
Today, the #Belarus regime has signed an agreement with Russia on the deployment of nuclear weapons. It would not only endanger the lives of Belarusians but also create a new threat against Ukraine & all of Europe.
Even when they are talking about tactical nuclear weapons, most… pic.twitter.com/tKFpL5Oosj
— Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) May 25, 2023
“Today, the Belarus regime has signed an agreement with Russia on deploying nuclear weapons. It would not only endanger the lives of Belarusians but also create a new threat against Ukraine and all of Europe,”
Most nuclear weapons, even those classified as “tactical,” are as lethal as the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing 140,000 people. More people would be contaminated by radioactive debris than in Belarus following the Chornobyl disaster in 1986.
I urged the world to act against this reckless escalation last week as G7 leaders assembled in Hiroshima. We risk emboldening other dictators with nuclear ambitions if we don’t respond. Nuclear destruction is the only possible end of this game, so we must not participate.
Since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Putin has been using his nuclear arsenal to threaten the international community. Since the Russian military has failed, he is now down to his last option.
Despite these dangers, the free world rallied behind Ukraine’s quest for democracy. Even the most recent nuclear blackmail will not deter us.
White House: U.S. nuclear policy will not change in response to Russia’s actions in Belarus
White House officials say they are aware of allegations that Russia is preparing to put nuclear weapons in Belarus but have seen no cause to change the United States’ nuclear posture.
NEW: The US blamed Russia for postponing talks on the New START agreement that were scheduled to begin in Cairo tomorrow, with a State Department spokesperson saying the decision was made “unilaterally” by Moscow.
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“White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said Russia’s move is an “example of making irresponsible and provocative choices.”
Whenever there is talk of these two countries, the people’s enthusiasm increases as much as is seen in the questions asked here.
What is the U.S.-Russia arms control agreement?
New START, formally known as the Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, was signed by the Obama Administration in 2010 and took effect in February 2011 as a 10-year agreement.
What were the talks about limiting nuclear arms in the United States and the Soviet Union?
Nixon and Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev signed the ABM Treaty and interim SALT agreement on May 26, 1972, in Moscow. For the first time during the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to limit nuclear missiles in their arsenals.
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