After weeks of absence and speculation about the state of health of the Belarusian leader, he returns to the public eye with a message worthy of appalling the West. According to Alexander Lukashenko, any country that wants nuclear weapons can get them, if it is willing to make a change.
Russia’s relationship with Belarus, stronger in the face of the West
Alexander Lukashenko is one of the most faithful allies of Russia and the leader Vladimir Putin, so that, throughout the war, regardless of the pressure of the West on his country, he did not give in to certain advantages, but on the contrary, he showed even more interest of the alliance with Russia.
Last week saw the Kremlin’s first deployment of nuclear weapons outside Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, generating huge tensions in the West.
The decision to move Russian nuclear weapons to Belarus was made at the beginning of the year, in the context of the war in Ukraine, initiated by Russia.
Thus, Russia announced this deployment in Belarus, as well as the US, which has this type of devices hosted by other countries.
At the beginning of April, Lukashenko announced that he would send his soldiers to Russia to be trained to use the nuclear weapons that Vladimir Putin is going to deploy on the territory of Belarus.
“The personnel will be trained in detail on the aspects related to the maintenance and use of tactical nuclear weapons of the Iskander-M OTRK type,” the Ministry of Defense in Minsk said at that time.
For his part, the Russian Defense Minister declared that “the West is waging an undeclared war” against Russia and Belarus, further strengthening the alliance between the two countries. For this reason, it was decided to deploy part of Moscow’s tactical nuclear arsenal on the territory of Belarus, a highly controversial decision by the West.
“There will be nuclear weapons for everyone”
On Sunday evening, Alexander Lukashenko came up with an announcement that blows up the security of the West. He issued an unexpected invitation on Russian state television that any country joining the alliance between Belarus and Russia would receive nuclear weapons. Moreover, the Belarusian leader assured that there are significant quantities, so there is no risk of anyone running out.
“No one is against Kazakhstan and other countries that have the same close relations as we do with the Russian Federation. If someone is worried (…), then it is very simple: to join the State Union between Belarus and Russia. That’s all: there will be nuclear weapons for everyone”, said the president of Belarus, emphasizing that this is the message sent by him, not by Russia.
Lukashenko’s statements after the objections expressed by the president of Kazakhstan, Kasîm-Jomart Tokaev, regarding the level of integration between Russia and Belarus within the Eurasian Economic Union, during a forum of it, last week, in Moscow. This regional cooperation organization brings together Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
“Kazakhstan has no intention to create or join a state union, whatever it may be,” the Kazakh president’s spokesman, Kasîm-Jomart Tokaev, wrote on his Facebook page on Friday, according to Capital.fr.