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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has reported that he has begun deploying Russian tactical nuclear weapons on his country, some of which he said were three times more powerful than the atomic bombs the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.


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The deployment is the first move by Moscow of such warheads - shorter-range, less powerful nuclear weapons that could be used on the battlefield - outside of Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Lukasehnko affirmed that "everything is ready" for the deployment of Russian weapons, adding that "it will only take us a few days to receive what we have asked for and even a little longer."

"God forbid that I have to make a decision to use these weapons today, but there will be no qualms if we face an attack," Lukashenko said, according to statements previously reported by the state news agency BeITA.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on March 25 that Moscow and Minsk agreed to the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, without violating international commitments.

Putin clarified that it is not about a transfer of nuclear weapons to Belarus, which would mean a violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), but about a location.

Russia and Belarus signed a document on May 25 that defines the procedures for maintaining nuclear weapons in Belarus as a response measure to NATO's joint nuclear activity.

Putin said last week: “As you know, on July 7-8, the preparation of the corresponding facilities will end and we will immediately begin the deployment on your territory of the corresponding weapons. So everything is going according to plan."

The Russian president met his Belarusian colleague at his summer residence in the Sochi (Black Sea) resort.

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