A senior US official said on Sunday that the US has ‘no indication’ that Russia has transferred nuclear weapons in Belarus, nor that Russian President Vladimir Putin is willing to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
“We have no indication that he (Putin) implemented what he announced or transferred nuclear weapons,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told CBS. in answering a question about Putin’s announcement that Moscow would deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.
Yesterday, the Russian president said his country would respond to Western supplies of depleted uranium missiles to Ukraine, noting that Russia possesses many weapons it has not yet used.
Putin also believed that those who use such weapons will in fact act against their own people and pollute the cultivated areas.
He stressed that the depleted uranium munitions that the West will send to Kiev are not considered weapons of mass destruction, but release radioactive dust, and therefore are very dangerous.
This comes as the Russian president announced that Moscow and Minsk had agreed to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus.
Putin indicated on the channel “Russia-24” that the necessary hangars for these aircraft are in construction in Belarus, and will be ready starting next July.
He stressed that the reason for this step was Britain’s announcement of its intention to supply depleted uranium munitions to Ukraine, noting that Belarus has long requested the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons on its territory.
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