Russia’s intention to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus violates Non-Proliferation Treaty – MFA
The relevant statement was made by the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“The Russian Federation’s latest statements regarding the intention to deploy tactical nuclear weapons within the territory of Belarus are another provocative step by Putin’s criminal regime, which undermines the principles of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the architecture of nuclear disarmament and the international security system as a whole,” the report states.
The ministry emphasized that Russia declares its intention amid the continuation of the unprovoked aggressive war against Ukraine and in view of its failure to win on the battlefield.
“Ukraine appeals to the Belarusian society to prevent the implementation of criminal intentions regarding the placement of nuclear weapons within the territory of Belarus in violation of its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which will further transform this country into a hostage of the Kremlin and have catastrophic consequences for its future,” the ministry noted.
Additionally, the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry urged the G7 and EU countries to warn the Belarusian authorities about the far-reaching consequences for Belarus, in case of its agreement to receive tactical nuclear weapons from Russia within its territory.
“Ukraine expects effective actions to counter the nuclear blackmail of the Kremlin from the United Kingdom, China, the United States and France, in particular as permanent members of the UN Security Council, which have a special responsibility for preventing the threats of aggression with the use of nuclear weapons. We demand that an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council be immediately convened for this purpose,” the ministry stressed.
A reminder that, on March 25, 2023, Putin said in an interview that Russia intended to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.
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