Security adviser to Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky warned on Sunday March 26 that Moscow’s plan to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus would destabilize Belarus.
“The Kremlin has taken Belarus as a nuclear hostage,” said Oleksiy Danilov, director of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council, on Twitter. Oleksiy Danilov believes that the Moscow project marks a step towards the “internal destabilization” of Belarus.
putin’s statement about placing tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus – a step towards internal destabilization of the country – maximizes the level of negative perception and public rejection of russia and putin in Belarusian society. The kremlin took Belarus as a nuclear hostage.
— Oleksiy Danilov (@OleksiyDanilov) March 26, 2023
A legal agreement
Russia reached an agreement with Belarus on Saturday to install Russian tactical nuclear weapons on its territory. Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that the Belarus deal will not violate Moscow’s nuclear non-proliferation commitments.
He compared the stationing of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus to the presence of American weapons in Europe. Washington has played down the threat, with the US Department of Defense saying it has no indication that Russia intends to use these nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine