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Russia to send Belarus nuclear-capable missiles within months: Putin

 

Russia to send Belarus nuclear-capable missiles within months: Putin

Russia promises Belarus Iskander-M nuclear-capable missiles


According to Russian media, cruise missiles have a range of up to 500 kilometers. Russia also wants to help upgrade the Belarusian air force.


According to President Vladimir Putin, Russia will soon deliver nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus. At a meeting with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, 

Putin announced Saturday that Russia will deliver the Iskander-M missile system to Belarus "in the coming months." It can also be armed with nuclear warheads. 

According to Russian media, cruise missiles have a range of up to 500 kilometers.

Lukashenko had announced the planned purchase of Iskander missiles and S-400 air defense systems from Russia back in May. 

Putin has now also promised Lukashenko to help upgrade Belarusian fighter jets so that they can also carry nuclear weapons in the future.


The Belarusian army has many Sukhoi Su-25 fighters that could be "improved" accordingly, Putin said at a meeting with Lukashenko in St. Petersburg. 

He said the modernization would have to be carried out in aircraft factories in Russia, and training of personnel could begin at the same time.


The upgrade plans amid the Ukraine conflict are likely to cause new tensions between Moscow and the West. On Sunday, the leaders of the G-7 countries will meet at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps.


Belarus borders Ukraine and several NATO countries but is a close ally of Russia. Belarus has provided diplomatic and logistical support to the Russian military offensive in Ukraine on several occasions. Attacks on Ukraine have also been launched from Belarus.


Since the military operation started at the end of February, Putin has talked about nuclear weapons in public more than once. This is seen as a warning to the West not to get involved in the Ukraine conflict.

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