‘Let our enemies tremble’ – Belarus claims possession of Russian nuclear weapons

In this handout photo released by Belarus' Presidential Press Office, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, center, speaks to officers as he visits the Central Command Post of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces in Belarus, Monday, May 15, 2023. (Belarus' Presidential Press Office via AP)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
2 Min Read

In a statement, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko confirmed the acquisition of tactical nuclear missiles and bombs from Russia, emphasizing that while Russia retains control over their use, he would not hesitate to pick up the phone for authorization to launch the nuclear weapons.

During an interview with “Russia 1” state television, Lukashenko expressed his military’s readiness to adapt to the new reality, while acknowledging that the Russian army will have complete authority over the potential use of the nuclear warheads.

“I am often reminded that nothing can be done without Russia. But make no mistake, if a war were to break out, I would not hesitate. I would simply pick up the phone and make a call,” Lukashenko said. He added, “Let our enemies tremble.”

Lukashenko argues that the presence of nuclear weapons within Belarus signifies a substantial shift in the country’s security status, ultimately ensuring the continuity of his government.

“They’ve been attempting to dismantle us since 2020. No one would dare to confront a nuclear-armed nation,” affirmed Lukashenko. He concluded, “These bombs are three times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

Official reports confirm the deployment of short-range ballistic missiles known as the Iskander in Belarus. These missiles possess the ability to carry nuclear warheads and have an estimated range of 500 kilometers.

Furthermore, Russia has allowed the Minsk authorities to use Su-25 fighter jets, which are capable of carrying tactical nuclear weapons.

Military experts warn that if these reports are confirmed, it would mean that the Belarusian army could potentially target numerous cities in Europe, including the capitals of NATO member states such as Warsaw, Vilnius, and even Berlin.

Share This Article