Minsk: Russia’s Wagner Group, which supplies contract forces, handed over the territory of Bakhmut captured from the Ukrainian Army to the Russian Army. Wagner Group has said 20,000 of its soldiers were killed in this war. However, what has grabbed the international media’s attention more, is the ‘Nuclear Weapons Deal’ between Russia and Belarus. According to this agreement, Russia will deploy its nuclear weapons to Belarus. Defence ministers of both countries have claimed that Russia and Belarus were forced to take this decision due to the policy adopted by NATO. On the other hand, NATO condemned this decision as dangerous and irresponsible.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin signed this Nuclear Weapons deal on Thursday. Russia and Belarus are likely to be at great risk from the operations of NATO. Russia and Belarus were forced to take a decision in this regard considering the potential threat posed by NATO’s nuclear activities. Russian Defense Minister Shoigu justified the deal by saying that NATO has waged an undeclared war against Russia and Belarus.
According to this agreement, Russia will deploy its nuclear weapons in Belarus. ‘This does not mean that Russia is supplying nuclear weapons to Belarus. Although these nuclear weapons are deployed to Belarus, they will remain in Russia’s possession. Only Russia will decide whether to use them or not,’ Russian Defense Minister Shoigu explained.
At the same time, Defense Minister Shoigu announced that Russia would provide Iskander missiles to Belarus for its defence. Defense Minister Khrenin said, ‘Belarus also had to take the decision to deploy nuclear weapons as the situation had worsened due to NATO’s aggressive policies. The deployment will force Western powers to rethink their operations in the region.’ Defense Minister Khrenin also pointed out that deploying these nuclear weapons is of great strategic importance.
After the conflict in Ukraine began, Belarus openly supported Russia. Furthermore, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko demanded Russia deploy nuclear weapons to Belarus due to the increased threat from Western countries.
At a time when the plan to include countries in Russia’s sphere of influence in NATO is receiving huge success, Russia appears to have dealt the US and other NATO members a major shock by preparing to deploy nuclear weapons to Belarus. NATO has taken serious note of this. NATO has condemned Russia’s decision to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus as dangerous and irresponsible. The Russian Defense Minister has claimed that this action was a response to NATO’s undeclared war against Russia and Belarus.