Russia to send nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus within months: Putin

Russia will deliver missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to Belarus in the coming months, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday while receiving Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.

“In the coming months, we will transfer to Belarus the Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which can use ballistic or cruise missiles, in their conventional and nuclear versions,” Putin said in a broadcast on Russian television at the start. of his meeting with Lukashenko. in St. Petersburg.

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He also offered to upgrade Belarusian warplanes to make them capable of carrying nuclear weapons, amid growing tensions with the West over Ukraine.

“Many Su-25s (aircraft) are in service with the Belarusian army. They could be appropriately upgraded,” the Russian leader said.

“This modernization should be carried out at aircraft factories in Russia and training of personnel should start accordingly,” he added, after Lukashenko asked him to “adapt” the planes.

“We will agree on how to achieve this,” Putin said.

Putin has repeatedly referred to nuclear weapons since his country launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, in what the West saw as a warning to the West not to intervene.

Lukashenko said last month that his country had purchased nuclear-capable Iskander missiles and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia.

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