Why does Russia want tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus?
The announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he intends to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus appears to be another attempt to raise the stakes in the conflict in Ukraine.
It follows Putin’s warnings that Moscow is ready to use “all available means,” to fend off attacks on Russian territory, a reference to its nuclear arsenal.
A look at Putin’s statement and its implications:
HOW DID PUTIN EXPLAIN HIS MOVE?
Putin said President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has long urged Moscow to station its nuclear weapons...