Over the next few months, we will transfer to Belarus Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which can use ballistic or cruise missiles, in their conventional and nuclear versionsPutin said during a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, in Saint Petersburg.
The Russian president has promised to modernize Belarusian Su-25 planes in factories in his country and also to train military personnel after Mr Lukashenko asked him to
adapt its devices capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
We will agree on how to accomplish thisassured Mr. Putin to his Belarusian counterpart.
These new announcements from Putin risk further straining his relations with Western leaders, which have already deteriorated since Moscow sent troops to Ukraine.
The Iskander-M is a mobile guided system named SS-26 Stone by theNATO, which replaced the Soviet Scud. Its two guided missiles have a range of up to 500 km and can carry conventional or nuclear warheads.
This exchange comes at a time when Russia and its ally, Belarus, have been in open crisis with Western countries since Moscow launched, with diplomatic and logistical support from Minsk, a military offensive against Ukraine.
Belarus, bordering Ukraine and several member countries of theNATOhad already announced last month that it had purchased Iskander systems, capable of carrying nuclear payloads.
During a meeting in Saint Petersburg with Vladimir Putin, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shared with his Russian counterpart his concerns and worries about the policies
conflicting of its Lithuanian and Polish neighbours.
Russia launches missiles at Ukraine from Belarus
Before the meeting of Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, kyiv had accused Moscow on Saturday of wanting
attract Minskhis diplomatic ally,
in the war in Ukraine after reporting, earlier in the morning, Russian missiles fired from neighboring Belarus at a Ukrainian village.
Today’s strike is directly linked to the Kremlin’s efforts to draw Belarus into the war in Ukraine as a co-belligerentsaid on Telegram the General Directorate of Ukrainian Intelligence, attached to the Ministry of Defense.
o’clock in the morning [heure locale], the Chernigiv region suffered a massive missile bombardment. Twenty rockets targeted the village of Desna, fired from the territory of Belarus [et aussi] from the air”,”text”:”Around 5am [heure locale], the Chernigiv region suffered a massive missile bombardment. Twenty rockets targeted the village of Desna, fired from the territory of Belarus [et aussi] from the air”}}”>Around 5 a.m. [heure locale], the Chernigiv region suffered a massive missile bombardment. Twenty rockets targeted the village of Desna, fired from the territory of Belarus [et aussi] from the airhad indicated in the morning on Facebook the Northern command of the Ukrainian troops, specifying that
there were no casualties at this stage.
Although not belligerent in the conflict with Ukraine at this stage, Belarus served as logistical support for Moscow’s troops, especially during the first weeks of the Russian offensive.