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KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine on Sunday fiercely criticized plans by Russian President Vladimir Putin to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus and referred to as for an emergency U.N. Safety Council session to handle the transfer.
Putin introduced the choice on Saturday, saying it could not violate nuclear non-proliferation guarantees and Russia wouldn’t hand off management of the weapons to Belarus.
In an announcement, Kyiv’s international ministry described it as “one other provocative step” by Moscow that undermines “the worldwide safety system as a complete”.
“Russia as soon as once more confirms its continual lack of ability to be a accountable steward of nuclear weapons as a way of deterrence and prevention of conflict, not as a device of threats and intimidation,” the ministry stated.
It demanded a Safety Council session and likewise referred to as on the Group of Seven international locations and the European Union to warn Belarus of “far-reaching penalties” if it decides to simply accept the Russian weapons.
Putin stated in his remarks on Saturday that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko had requested the stationing of the weapons. Minsk has not but commented publicly on Putin’s announcement.
The Belarusian military has not formally fought in Ukraine however Minsk allowed Moscow to make use of Belarusian territory to ship troops into Ukraine final 12 months. The 2 international locations share an in depth navy relationship.
“Ukraine calls on all members of the worldwide neighborhood to convey to the legal (P)utin regime the specific unacceptability of its subsequent nuclear provocations and to take decisive measures to successfully deter and stop any risk of the aggressor state’s use of nuclear weapons,” the Ukrainian assertion stated.