MOSCOW (AP) — The authoritarian chief of Belarus mentioned Friday that the nation’s warplanes have been modified to hold nuclear weapons according to an settlement with ally Russia.
President Alexander Lukashenko mentioned the improve adopted his June assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who supplied to make Belarusian fight plane nuclear-capable at Russian factories and to assist prepare pilots.
“Do you suppose it was all blather?” Lukashenko mentioned to reporters Friday. “All of it has been performed.”
Russia used the territory of Belarus as a staging floor to ship troops into Ukraine, and Moscow and Minsk have maintained shut navy ties.
Lukashenko, who has been president since 1994, warned the USA and its allies in opposition to finishing up a “provocation” in opposition to Belarus. He mentioned “the targets have been chosen” for retaliation, if his warning will not be heeded.
He didn’t specify what number of Belarusian warplanes acquired the improve to make them succesful to hold nuclear warheads. The Kremlin had no quick touch upon Lukashenko’s assertion.
Earlier this yr, Lukashenko mentioned his nation may host Russian nuclear weapons if the U.S. and its allies deployed nuclear weapons to NATO members Poland and Lithuania, which border Belarus.
Lukashenko has dominated Belarus with an iron hand for 28 years whereas counting on Russia’s political and financial assist. In 2020, Moscow helped him survive the most important and probably the most sustained wave of mass protests within the nation’s historical past, which adopted a presidential election that the opposition and the West denounced as rigged.