Russia, Belarus launch second stage of joint tactical nuclear weapons drills

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Russia and Belarus commence second stage of joint tactical nuclear weapons exercises, heightening military cooperation

Russia and Belarus Conduct Joint Drills for Tactical Nuclear Weapons

 

Russia, Belarus launch second stage of joint tactical nuclear weapons drills

In a move seen as a response to perceived Western provocations, Russia and its ally Belarus have commenced the second stage of joint military exercises aimed at training their troops in the use of tactical nuclear weapons. The drills, announced by the Russian Defense Ministry last month, are part of Moscow's efforts to deter Western support for Ukraine amid escalating tensions in the region.

 

The Kremlin's decision to conduct nuclear maneuvers follows what it describes as "provocative statements and threats" from certain Western officials regarding Russia. French President Emmanuel Macron's suggestion of deploying troops to Ukraine and NATO allies permitting Kyiv to use weapons supplied by them against Russian targets have further fueled Moscow's concerns.

 

Speaking to reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov emphasized the importance of maintaining combat readiness in response to what Russia perceives as "hostile decisions and actions" by the U.S. and its European allies. Sergei Shoigu, Secretary of Russia's Security Council, cited Western support for the Kyiv regime and NATO's military buildup near Russia's borders as justifications for the drills.

 

During the second stage of the exercises, Russian and Belarusian forces will undergo joint training in the deployment and use of non-strategic nuclear weapons in combat scenarios. The Defense Ministry stated that the drills are aimed at ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russia-Belarus alliance.

 

Last year, Russia reportedly deployed tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus, a move interpreted as a response to NATO's increased presence in Eastern Europe and Ukraine. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's close ties with Russia have positioned his country as a strategic partner in Moscow's regional maneuvers.

 

Tactical nuclear weapons, including air bombs and short-range missile warheads, are designed for battlefield use and are considered less powerful than strategic weapons. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has underscored the potency of Russia's nuclear arsenal, asserting the country's readiness to use atomic weapons to defend its sovereignty if necessary.

 

While Putin has reiterated that Russia does not currently perceive a threat warranting the use of nuclear weapons, he has warned against underestimating Russia's nuclear capabilities. Amid heightened tensions with the West, Moscow continues to assert its nuclear might as a cornerstone of its national defense strategy.

 

The joint drills between Russia and Belarus serve as a stark reminder of the enduring geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe, with both countries signaling their readiness to defend their interests in the face of perceived Western encroachment.

 

 


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