In the context of an extremely serious escalation of threats on the western borders of Russia and Belarus, a decision has been made on retaliatory measures in the military-nuclear sphere, Shoigu said at a meeting of CSTO defense ministers in Minsk.
The Iskander-M operational-tactical missile system, which can use both conventional and nuclear missiles, has been transferred to the Belarus military. Belarusian servicemen have received the necessary training in Russian training centers.
The control over the decision to use nuclear weapons deployed in Belarus will be carried out by Russia. The whole range of events is organized strictly in accordance with existing international obligations and does not violate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Russian and Belarus Defense Ministers signed documents earlier in the day on defining the procedure for finding a special storage facility for nuclear ammunition on the Belarusian territory.
Shoigu added that Western countries are forcing the Ukrainian authorities to demonstrate tactical gains on the battlefield, pumping the country with weapons worth more than $65 billion.
Russian Defense Minister said that the West is also trying in every possible way to interfere in the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh and discredit the Russian peacekeeping efforts in the conflict-torn region.
Armenia is a member of our organization, our ally. We are interested in establishing peace and are doing everything possible to stabilize the situation in the Transcaucasus.
At the same time, I would especially like to note the importance of the participation of the Armenian side in joint-operational and combat training activities within the framework of the CSTO, Shoigu concluded.
Sputnik / ABC Flash-Point News 2023.