Shoigu and Khrenin sign the agreement – RT in French
On May 25, the Russian and Belarusian defense ministers met in Minsk to sign documents relating to the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Belarusian counterpart Victor Khrenin signed documents on May 25 in Minsk on the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, and in particular on the modalities for storing these weapons in appropriate facilities. .
Following the signing, the Russian Minister indicated that these actions were due to the intensification of the activity of NATO’s nuclear missions and were in full compliance with international legal provisions. In addition, he warned that “additional measures were likely to be taken to ensure the safety of [leur] ally and to react to the politico-military context”.
A defensive Russian nuclear doctrine
The decision for this deployment was announced on March 25 by Vladimir Putin, arousing the wrath of several Western countries. NATO then denounced “dangerous and irresponsible rhetoric” and the European Union threatened to impose new sanctions on Minsk.
Since the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, senior Russian officials have repeatedly asserted that their country’s nuclear doctrine is geared towards its protection.