US President Joe Biden has commented on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s statements about deploying the first batch of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, north of Ukraine, Sky News reported.
US President told reporters he condemned Putin’s decision to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus.
“I have commented on this many times. It is totally irresponsible,” Joe Biden said before leaving for Philadelphia.
On 14 June 2023, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko announced that Belarus started taking delivery of Russian tactical nuclear weapons, Reuters reported. In his interview with a Russian state-run TV channel Rossiya-1, Lukashenko said that some nuclear weapons Russia delivered to Belarus were three times more powerful than the atomic bombs the US dropped on Japan’s cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
On 16 June, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia’s first batch of tactical nuclear warheads was already in Belarus, stating that the deployment of nukes to Belarus would be completed by the end of the year.
On 17 June, the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said there are no signs that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons.
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