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The new doctrine envisages the first use of nuclear weapons in Russia’s ally Belarus Pi News


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Belarus’ defense minister said Tuesday that the country, a close ally of Russia, will introduce a new military doctrine that would include the first use of nuclear weapons.

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Russia sent tactical nuclear weapons for deployment to Belarus last year, but it is not clear how many. Russia has said it will retain control over these short-range and relatively low-yield weapons, designed for battlefield use.

It is unclear how the new doctrine will apply to Russian weapons.


“We clearly state Belarus’ views on the use of tactical nuclear weapons located on our territory,” Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said at a meeting of the Security Council of Belarus. “There is a new chapter in which we clearly define our alliance obligations to our allies.”

The doctrine is submitted for approval to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly, a representative body that operates in parallel with the parliament in Belarus.

Russia used Belarusian territory as a springboard to send troops into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and although Belarusian troops did not participate in the war, they maintained their military bases and weapons there.

Secretary of the Security Council Aleksandr Volfovich said that the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus is aimed at preventing the aggression of Poland, a member of NATO.

“Unfortunately, the statements of our neighbors, especially Poland, forced us to strengthen the military doctrine,” he said.


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