Belarus issues a stern warning that the tactical nuclear weapons located within its territory will not be treated as mere exhibits.
Belarus considers the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons (TNW) in the event of an invasion on its territory, according to statements made by Colonel Andrei Bogodel, an official from the General Staff of the Belarusian Armed Forces, as reported by Interfax news agency.
Colonel Bogodel emphasized that Minsk’s strategic focus is on revisiting the topic of tactical nuclear weapons due to the ongoing tensions created by its Western neighbors.
By deploying tactical nuclear weapons, Belarus aims to possess the capability to effectively respond with a counterstrike if confronted with an enemy force that matches or surpasses its own military capabilities.
Colonel Bogodel emphasized the potential impact of attacks, including nuclear ones, on the enemy’s reserves, bases, and headquarters, highlighting the gravity of such actions in the event of an armed conflict.
Furthermore, he made it clear that the intended targets of tactical nuclear weapons are strictly limited to enemy military formations and administrative structures, with no intention to harm civilian populations or non-military targets.
The representative of the Belarusian Armed Forces reassured that the use of such weapons would only occur if the country faced an invasion, alleviating concerns for other nations.
As of now, it remains unclear whether Moscow or Minsk holds control over tactical nuclear weapons within Belarusian territory, as both parties claim full rights to their usage.