In the midst of the Ukraine crisis, the United States has warned that Russia’s nuclear weapons could be deployed in Belarus in the future. The US State Department said on Tuesday that the constitutional amendment proposed by 67-year-old Alexander Lukashenko would allow Russia to maintain conventional and nuclear weapons on its borders.
It said “there will be a challenge to European security, which may demand an answer”. The ministry spokesman expressed concern over the arrival of Russian troops in Belarus.
Russian soldiers in Belarus get the United States
“The timing is significant and, of course, raises fears that Russia may plan to deploy troops in Belarus in the guise of joint military exercises targeting Ukraine.” The number of Russian soldiers is higher than expected in “normal military training”.
Lukashenko is leaning more and more towards Russia, a US State Department official said. “We know he did not receive this support for free.”
Lukashenko announces military maneuvers with Russia
On Monday, Lukashenko announced joint military maneuvers with Russia. He justified the strengthening of NATO’s military presence in Poland and the Baltic states and the tense situation in Ukraine. The first Russian soldiers have now arrived in Belarus.
The West fears that Russia is preparing to invade its neighbor, as Russian troops are heavily concentrated on the Ukrainian border. The government in Moscow denies this.
Lukashenko announced constitutional changes in 2020 in the face of mass protests against the controversial re-election. Moscow has the support of a long-time ruler. (AFP)
“Friend of animals everywhere. Web guru. Organizer. Food geek. Amateur tv fanatic. Coffee trailblazer. Alcohol junkie.”