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EU warns of response to Belarus nuclear move

RT | March 26, 2023

The EU will respond with further sanctions if Belarus presses ahead with hosting Russian nuclear weapons on its soil, the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has stated. Borrell called the decision to transfer tactical weapons to Belarus “an irresponsible escalation” by Moscow.

“Belarus hosting Russian nuclear weapons would mean an irresponsible escalation and threat to European security,” Borrell tweeted on Sunday. “Belarus can still stop it, it is their choice,” he continued, adding that “the EU stands ready to respond with further sanctions.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed on Saturday that his country’s tactical nuclear weapons will arrive in Belarus as early as this summer. Putin said that he made the decision after the UK announced it would transfer toxic depleted uranium munitions to Ukraine, a move he described as a sign of London’s “absolute recklessness.”

Belarus has already been extensively sanctioned by the EU and US since the start of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine last February. Brussels has blacklisted more than 20 Belarusian officials, cut five of the nation’s banks off from the SWIFT system, and imposed numerous trade restrictions.

Prior to 2022, the EU banned Belarusian flights from operating in its airspace and imposed five separate sets of sanctions in response to President Alexander Lukashenko’s 2020 election victory, which the EU deemed fraudulent.

In his announcement on Saturday, Putin explained that any nuclear weapons transferred to Belarus would remain under Russian control.

“There is nothing unusual,” about this arrangement, Putin stated, explaining that “the United States has been doing this for decades” by keeping its own nuclear weapons in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Türkiye.

“They have long deployed their tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of their allies,” he said. “We agreed that we will do the same, without violating our international obligations on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.”

March 26, 2023 - Posted by | Economics, Progressive Hypocrite |

2 Comments »

  1. Boring Borrell once again flouts his imperial stars and bars with threats of retaliating against Belarus. Lukashenko has no reason to refuse Russia’s nukes. In fact just the opposite. Belarus has been severely sanctioned for its association and support of Russia. So too should Britain and Belgium for their support of the US.
    What’s more these two former colonial powers were never sanctioned for any of the colonial wars they started. They should be forced to pay reparations to the DRC and India for the death and destruction they caused them. Or am I being obtuse?

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    Comment by Thomas L Simpson | March 26, 2023 | Reply

  2. WHY, is it not permissable for Belarus to store Russian nukes on their soil, just as the NATO countries store the U.S’s nukes on theirs ???? What’s good for the Goose, is also good for the Gander. Are the Europeans so wrapped up within themselves they cannot see the hypocrisy in what they are saying ???? Incredible. I had noidea people could be so darn Dumb.

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    Comment by itchyvet | March 27, 2023 | Reply


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