Kremlin Pool Photo via Gavriil Grigorov/Sputnik, AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday announced plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus.
Putin said the plan was a response to Britain’s decision to supply Ukraine with armor-piercing rounds containing depleted uranium last week. Russia falsely claimed to have nuclear reactors in this round.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has long asked for weapons, Putin said in an interview with Russian state television.
He said the construction of weapons storage facilities in Belarus will be completed by July 1.
Russia has used Belarusian territory as a staging ground to send troops into Ukraine, and Moscow and Minsk maintain close military ties.