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Actual storage of nuclear weapons in Belarus is likely to be a long time away

Like a lot of what Vladimir Putin says about nuclear weapons, his
suggestion that Russia would start storing its bombs in Belarus may add up
to less than it appears. In February last year, Putin said he was putting
Russia’s nuclear arsenal on high alert, but there was no perceptible
change in the country’s nuclear posture, or any unusual movements of its
weapons. Putin and the leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, have been
hinting at some kind of nuclear basing arrangement for some time. Over a
year ago, the Belarus leader staged a referendum to change the constitution
to allow for that. Nuclear experts are sceptical of such ambitious
timelines, and point out that Russia has been working on a nuclear weapon
storage facility in Kaliningrad for at least seven years and it is still
not clear whether the bombs have actually arrived there.

 Guardian 26th March 2023


March 28, 2023 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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