The Belarusian chief mentioned he had agreed to the transfer to modernise Belarusian warplanes with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President Alexander Lukashenko says the Belarusian army’s SU-24 warplanes have been modified to hold nuclear weapons, and that Minsk would react instantly if the West brought about it any issues.
Lukashenko – the authoritarian chief of ex-Soviet Belarus – mentioned he had agreed on the transfer to modernise Belarusian warplanes with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Belta information company reported on Friday.
Belarus, a staunch ally of Moscow, doesn’t have its personal nuclear weapons.
Lukashenko – who has allowed Russian forces to make use of Belarusian territory to launch assaults in opposition to Ukraine – didn’t go into particulars about how a weapons switch from Moscow would possibly happen.
Belta cited Lukashenko as speaking a couple of potential future menace from neighbouring Poland, a NATO member, whereas saying he was assured that the Polish army, in contrast to Warsaw’s politicians, understood how Minsk may reply to what he known as any escalation.
His general remarks seemed to be referring to a possible menace from the West on the whole.
“They [the West] should perceive that in the event that they go for escalation no helicopters or planes will save them,” Lukashenko was quoted as saying.
“All the pieces was prepared,” he mentioned, referring to the work to switch Belarusian warplanes to hold nuclear weapons.
“It’s not a good suggestion to escalate issues with Belarus as a result of that will be an escalation with the Union State [of Russia and Belarus] which has nuclear weapons. In the event that they begin to create issues … the response will likely be fast,” he mentioned.