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Belarus does not intend to change its nuclear-free status, all insinuations in this regard are absolutely groundless. This was stated by the representative of the delegation of Belarus at the conference of countries— signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the UN.
“All insinuations about changing the nuclear-free status of Belarus, as well as regarding non-compliance with obligations under the NPT, are groundless,” — said the diplomat.
He stressed that Belarus made a conscious choice in favor of renouncing the possession of nuclear weapons, and does not intend to change its position, despite the “unwinding spiral of the arms race”.
Belarus abandoned the deployment of nuclear weapons after the collapse of the USSR and acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in 1993 as a non-nuclear state. Fully nuclear weapons were withdrawn from the territory of Belarus by November 1996, in total, 584 medium-range and shorter-range missiles were removed from the country and destroyed at test sites in the states of the former USSR.
On the website of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry states that the republic is “ready to develop and strengthen the mechanisms of the NPT, increase its effectiveness and contribute to the achievement of consensus outcomes of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT.
At the same time, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko stated back in 2010 that he considered the withdrawal of nuclear weapons a mistake. “The withdrawal of nuclear weapons from Belarus on the same terms as it was carried out by our nationalists was a cruel mistake. <…> I had to sign this agreement, because there was nowhere to go: both Russia and the Americans put pressure on me— take it out because you promised. It was impossible, this is the greatest asset, this is an expensive commodity, which in the end we had to decently sell, — the president is quoted by the Belarusian state agency BelTA.
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In February 2022, he also allowed the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus if such systems were deployed on the territory of Poland. “They [the US] will transport [nuclear warheads from Germany] to Poland. Yes. Then I will propose to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to return nuclear weapons to Belarus. <…> We will agree on what. That nuclear weapon, which will be most effective in such contact,— said Lukashenka.
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