Belarus: exercises for the use of nuclear weapons have begun


By John

Belarus has begun a series of measures for planning and practicing nuclear weapons attacks. This was announced by the Belarusian Defense Minister, Viktor Khrenin as reported by Tass.

«Today we received the order from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko, to conduct a surprise inspection of the forces and assets of carriers of non-strategic nuclear weapons», reads the note from press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Defense.

A division of the Iskander tactical-operational complex and a squadron of Su-25 aircraft are preparing to carry out the planned missions, adds Tass. Khrenin said that during the inspection “the entire range of activities, from planning, preparation and use of tactical nuclear weapons attacks, will be checked.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian agency continues, announced on March 25, 2023 that Moscow, at the request of Minsk, will deploy its tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, similar to what the United States has been doing for some time on the territory of its allies.

Moscow delivered the Iskander missile system, which can carry nuclear weapons, to Minsk and helped re-equip Belarusian planes so they could carry special munitions. Belarusian scientists and pilots underwent appropriate training in Russia. On 16 June last year, Tass concludes, Putin said that the first Russian nuclear warheads had been delivered to Belarus and that the entire batch would arrive by the end of 2023. At the end of April 2024, Lukashenko announced that the Russia had deployed several dozen nuclear weapons in Belarus.