Putin Puts Nuclear Weapons In Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Vostok 2022 (East 2022) military exercise in far eastern Russia, outside Vladivostok, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. The weeklong exercise that began Thursday is intended to showcase growing defense ties between Russia and China and also demonstrate that Moscow has enough troops and equipment to conduct the massive drills even as its troops are engaged in military action in Ukraine. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
  • Russia President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he will station tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus, marking the first time since the mid-1990s that Moscow has positioned such weaponry outside the country.
  • Putin made the comment amid in roughly 13-month-long invasion of Ukraine and concerns about whether he’ll resort to nuclear strikes to win that lasted no longer than many had expected – with no clear end in site.
  • “Tactical” nuclear weapons refer to those used for specific gains on the battlefield rather than those with the capacity to wipe out cities, as explained by Reuters.
  • “There is nothing unusual here,” “Putin said. “The United States has been doing this for decades.”