The current threats of the aggressor country Russia to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus are not new to Ukrainian intelligence. And with his statements, Russian President Vladimir Putin is only raising the stakes. Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, said this on Svoboda.Morning on Monday, March 27.
"Having been defeated on the battlefield in a conventional war, Putin resorts to nuclear blackmail. But again, the arguments are not new. Another thing is that the circumstances are new. That is, it is clear that this is raising the stakes. Although both the US and the EU are responding clearly and unequivocally in this situation, they do not plan to respond to this blackmail," he said.
Yusov reminded that back in January, Ukrainian intelligence warned that Putin could use the territory of Belarus for nuclear provocations. And the formal leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, made it clear that this was one of the scenarios. In particular, the constitution of this country was amended.
In addition, it was announced that Belarus would deploy the Iskander tactical missile system, which can carry nuclear weapons.
Andrey Yusov emphasized that such nuclear threats are "a mothballed instrument of nuclear blackmail." According to him, Russia is currently "juggling" with threats.
At the same time, Yusov made it clear that the GUR knows where a nuclear weapons storage facility is being built in Belarus.
"Nothing can go unnoticed here during the movement of nuclear weapons and the construction of such facilities," he said, adding, "well, of course, why would we disclose this now."-
As a reminder, on March 25, Putin said that Moscow had agreed with Minsk on the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. He argues that this "will not violate the New START commitments."
In turn, NATO criticized Russia for its dangerous and irresponsible nuclear rhetoric.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 28/03/2023