The President of Belarus believes that the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine can “tear off our globe”, which “will fly away to no one knows where.” At the same time, he expressed the opinion that Putin does not want a global clash with NATO ” alt=”Lukashenko considers a nuclear strike in the conflict with Ukraine unacceptable” />
Alexander Lukashenko (left)
The use of nuclear weapons in the conflict with Ukraine is unacceptable, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with The Associated Press. A fragment of the conversation was published by the state agency BelTA.
The journalist asked Lukashenka if it was possible to use nuclear weapons if the hostilities dragged on. “I absolutely believe that the use of nuclear weapons is unacceptable, also because it is next to us. We are completely here, we are not across the ocean, like the United States of America. And that's why it's unacceptable… This can disrupt our earthly ball from orbit, and we will fly away to no one knows where. The use of nuclear weapons is unacceptable,— the president replied.
At the same time, he emphasized that the question of whether Russia can launch a nuclear strike should be ask Moscow. “Most likely, Putin does not want a global clash with NATO. Take advantage of this and do everything so that this does not happen,— he added.
Moscow has previously ruled out plans to use nuclear weapons in connection with the operation in Ukraine. At the end of March, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that any outcome of hostilities would not be a reason for a nuclear strike. At the same time, he emphasized that, according to the Russian concept of security, nuclear weapons can only be used in the event of a real threat to the existence of the country. Peskov also clarified that “the presence of an existential threat and a special military operation are in no way connected with each other.”
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, also spoke about whether Russia can use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Answering a related question, he recalled that the START-3 treaty was signed on Russia's initiative, and emphasized that it was Moscow that initiated the discussion of additional obligations in this area in the UN Security Council.
The possibility of a nuclear strike on Ukraine was also rejected by Russia's permanent mission to the UN. “These stuff [about the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons] do not have the slightest rational basis, they are aimed at whipping up a degree of anti-Russian hysteria and are designed for a public that is not familiar with the basics of Russian security and defense policy, which is purely defensive in nature,” — Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, stated.
On February 27, Putin ordered the Russian deterrence forces to be put on special alert.