On Saturday, May 27, Russia rejected criticisms from US President Joe Biden over Moscow’s intention to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, arguing that Washington has done so for decades in Europe.
The Russian Statement
The Russian government has retaliated after US President Joe Biden condemned Moscow for stationing tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. In a statement, the Russian embassy in the US dismissed the criticism and said that Moscow was continuing with the deployment.
The statement read as follows: “It is the sovereign right of Russia and Belarus to ensure their security by means we deem necessary amidst a large-scale hybrid war unleashed by Washington against us,”
“The measures we undertake are fully consistent with our international legal obligations.”
The embassy criticized the USA for being hypocritical because it had previously stationed hordes of nuclear weapons in Europe to deter adversaries.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, initially disclosed intentions to transfer Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus in March of this year. Although analysts and countries believed it was doubtful that Putin’s declaration would influence the direction of the battle, it had raised worries about nuclear war.
This is the first time Russia has used such weapons outside its borders since the Soviet Union fell in 1991. Fascinatingly, Ukraine briefly held the position of third-largest nuclear power in the world after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
As per WION reports, Moscow had left tens of thousands of nuclear weapons on Ukrainian land when it was still suffering the ravages of disintegration.