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    Putin has stated that Russia will begin transferring nuclear weapons to Belarus in July.

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    The deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus will begin in July, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Putin stated at a meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Sochi that the building of specific facilities required for the deployment will be finished by July 7-8.

    “Everything is going according to plan on the most sensitive issues that we have agreed on.” As you are aware, the preparation of the required facilities will conclude on July 7-8, and we will immediately commence actions linked to the deployment of the relevant types of weaponry on your territory,” he stated.

    In late May, Russian and Belarusian defence ministers signed an agreement for the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus, which includes parameters for storing them in a secure location.

    Putin declared earlier this year that Russia will deploy tactical nuclear weapons and finish building a dedicated storage site for them in neighbouring Belarus.

    Putin stated that the decision was made in response to rising security threats, emphasising that Moscow was following the lead of the United States, which has put tactical nuclear weapons in European nations.​​​​​​​

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