Belarusian Foreign Ministry: NATO Presence Close to Belarus is the Real Threat to Europe, Not Nukes in Belarus

On March 30, 2023, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry declared that the deployment of additional NATO forces close to Belarus’ borders is the real threat to European security, not Russia installing nuclear weapons on its soil. 

“Deployment of fresh NATO’s troops near the Belarus’ border and further Alliance’s enlargement in Northern Europe are an irresponsible escalation and key factors threatening European security,” the foreign ministry stated on Twitter.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry was responding to the statement of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, who claimed that the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus is an “irresponsible escalation and threat to European security.” Borrell called on Belarus to reverse course, threatening Belarus with sanctions should it follow through with the plan to have Russian nukes on its territory.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry also noted that the training of Belarusian pilots who are able to fly aircraft carrying specific munitions and nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory in no way violates international law, specifically the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

This practice is not a new development in the realm of military cooperation between a nuclear and non-nuclear state, it added, calling attention to how NATO has long used the practice of “nuclear sharing.”

On March 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on March 25 that Russia would install its tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, which Belarus specifically requested. This is a similar practice to what the United States has been engaged doing for decades on the territories of its NATO satrapies. 

The Russia-Belarus alliance is now consolidated. While there was interesting back-and-forth between the two Slavic countries in the post-Cold War era, where Belarus tried to engage with the West in a more positive manner, they are now firmly in the same camp. The Collective West’s fanatic foreign policy, combined with the inexorability of Belarus’ ties to the broader Russian world, has made this alliance a no-brainer.

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