Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Belarus’ counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi, Russia, June 9, 2023. / Credit: GAVRIIL GRIGOROV/SPUTNIK/AFP
Russia will start deploying nuclear weapons in Belarus when the necessary facilities there are ready there in early July, President Vladimir Putin told the Belarussian leader at a Friday meeting.
It was the first time Russia’s president has suggested a specific timeframe for his plans, announced in March, to deploy “tactical nuclear weapons” to the country just north of Ukraine, which is one of Russia’s few allies in the region.
“Everything is going to plan,” Putin said in a televised portion of his meeting with Belarus’ longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi, on Russia’s Black Sea coast, adding that the two countries were deepening their cooperation on security.
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Russian President Putin Says Transfer Of Tactical Nuclear Weapons To Belarus Will Start In July