Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Chinese troops arrive in Belarus for joint anti-terror exercises amid tensions with Ukraine

    A group of Chinese military personnel has arrived in Belarus, though the exact number remains undisclosed. According to the Belarusian Ministry of Defence, the Chinese soldiers will participate in joint anti-terror exercises to be held from 8 to 19 July. The exercises aim to achieve "coordination between Belarusian and Chinese units." The arrival of the Chinese military is intended to lay the foundation for further development of Belarusian-Chinese military training cooperation.

    Meanwhile, …

  • Belarus threatens to use tactical nuclear weapons in response to sovereignty threats

    Belarus is ready to use tactical nuclear weapons should its sovereignty or independence come under threat, said the First Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff, Pavel Muraveiko, as cited by the state news agency BELTA.

    Muraveiko stated that Belarus has gained the expertise to handle weapons of mass destruction and would resort to their use if necessary. He noted the likelihood of deploying such weaponry, acquired from Moscow, under dire circumstances.

    "We have learned to …

  • Belarus accuses Ukraine of military buildup amidst rising border tensions

    The Belarusian Ministry of Defence alleges that Ukraine is amassing forces near the Belarusian border. The regime of Alexander Lukashenko, the unrecognised president of Belarus who provided Belarusian territory as a launchpad for the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, has accused Kyiv of "preparing to infiltrate saboteurs" into Belarus.

    Alexander Lukashevich, Deputy Commander of the Special Operations Forces of Belarus, cited by Belta, claims that there is "increasing tension on the …

  • Belarus begins construction of camps for Wagner mercenaries

    A camp is being built for mercenaries of the Wagner PMC in Asipovichy, Mogilev region of Belarus, 200 km from the border with Ukraine, reports the news outlet Verstka. According to the news outlet, there will be several such camps.

    According to Verstka’s sources, the camp in Asipovichy will take an area of 24 thousand square meters. It will be able to accommodate eight thousand people. The sources claim that the builders were given the task to complete the construction of the camp by June 27. …

  • Putin: Russia has delivered first shipment of nuclear weapons to Belarus

    The first shipment of nuclear warheads has been delivered to Belarus, said Russian president Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

    "We will move some of the tactical weapons to Belarusian territory. The first nuclear warheads have already been delivered to the territory of Belarus. By the end of the summer, we will complete this work in full. This is an element of deterrence," Putin said.

    Putin also said that Russia does not yet need to use nuclear weapons, but …

  • President of Kazakhstan rejects Lukashenko’s invitation to join the Union State of Russia and Belarus

    Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev described as a "joke" the words of the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, who invited Kazakhstan to join the Union State of Russia and Belarus in order to have access to nuclear weapons.

    "I appreciated his joke. I think that there is no need for this, since there are other integration associations, primarily the Eurasian Economic Union. As for nuclear weapons, we do not need them," Radio Azattyq quotes Tokayev as saying.

    Earlier, …

  • Russia hands over to Belarus Iskander-M missiles capable of carrying nuclear payloads

    Russia handed over to the Belarusian military the Iskander-M missile systems, which can be equipped with both conventional and nuclear payloads, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu.

    "The Iskander-M operational-tactical missile system has been transferred to the Belarusian Armed Forces. It can use missiles in both conventional and nuclear versions. On April 3, at one of the Russian training grounds, Belarusian crews began training to operate it to protect the Union State. The Russian …

  • Putin: Russia to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus

    Moscow and Minsk have agreed to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in the territory of Belarus, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with the TV channel Russia 24.

    Putin said that on July 1, the construction of the storage facility will be completed, and stressed that the weapons will be deployed "without violating the obligations under the START Treaty." According to him, the reason for this step was the UK's intention to supply of ammunition with depleted uranium to Ukraine. …

  • Lukashenko to visit China

    The self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, will make a "state visit" to China on February 28-March 2, reported his press service.

    "The focus will be on the development of trade, economic, investment and humanitarian cooperation, the implementation of joint large-scale projects, interaction in the political sphere, responding to the most acute challenges in the modern international situation," the statement reads.

    Minsk authorities claim that Lukashenko and Chinese …

  • Lukashenko plans to visit Iran in March

    Self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko plans an official visit to Tehran in March, reported the Belarusian news agency BelTA following Lukashenko's meeting with Iranian Ambassador Saeed Yari.

    "I am absolutely convinced that this will be a significant meeting and negotiations in Iran will bring us to a new level of cooperation. But the main thing is that we must not miss this moment and time to establish relations at a higher level," Lukashenko said.

    The Iranian ambassador, …