President Lukashenko: Belarusian planes converted to nuclear warheads Lukashenka ruled out “slurping” when converting Belarusian planes to nuclear warheads. He was afraid of the exercises of the Western countries, accusing the latter of intending to “put a nuclear bomb tomorrow” and drop it “where necessary”< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/320xH/media/img/7/69/756615083668697.png 320w" media="(max-width: 320px)" >
< img class="aligncenter" src="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/7/69/756615083668697.png" alt="Lukashenko announced the rearmament of aircraft for nuclear charges" />Vladimir Putin (right) and Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting in St. Petersburg
Belarusian Su-24 planes got the opportunity to carry nuclear charges, President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko said during a visit to the Minsk Mechanical Plant. S.I. Vavilova, reports the state agency BelTA.
According to the leader, “im” (the President of Belarus did not specify who he was talking about. — RBC) it should be understood that in the event of a decision to aggravate the situation of “their” “no helicopters, planes” will save. Lukashenka recalled that he announced the corresponding decision together with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting in St. Petersburg.
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Lukashenko warned that in the event of “any serious provocation” against Belarus, targets have already been identified in Minsk. “Decision-Making Centers” we know them. I'm not threatening anyone, — he said.
We are talking about the meeting of the presidents of the two countries, which took place at the end of June, one of the topics of the conversation was training flights of aircraft from the United States and other NATO countries. Lukashenko considered that they were “preparing to carry nuclear warheads and nuclear charges,” and asked for a “mirror answer without busting.” “Please help us at least make the aircraft we have capable of carrying nuclear weapons,” — he asked. Then he called for the conversion of Su-35 fighters.
Putin responded by pointing out that there are a large number of other aircraft in Belarus— Su-25 attack aircraft, which could be modified accordingly. “This modernization should be carried out at aircraft factories in Russia,” — he added.
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Lukashenko repeated his concerns five days later, at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He said that the aviation of Western countries carries “blanks” in order to “put a nuclear bomb on the plane tomorrow and drop it where it needs to be.” At the end of July, the Belarusian leader indicated that after the re-equipment “we will train”; if NATO stops training flights of aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons, then “we will not do this, we do not need it.”
Lukashenka did not specify how many aircraft in service in Belarus were converted. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Military Balance, last year Belarus had 22 Su-35 aircraft, first proposed by Lukashenka for modernization.
Su-24 bombers, the conversion of which Lukashenko announced, were withdrawn from the Belarusian armed forces ten years ago— in 2012. The Ministry of Defense of the Republic then explained this decision with the “flying resource for the airframe and engine.” “When we calculated what was cheaper, we came to the conclusion that it was easier to abandon the fleet of these aircraft, since it was a very large financial burden. Therefore, the remaining aircraft, and there were not so many of them, were withdrawn from the composition, & mdash; Yury Zhadobin, then minister, said.
The US authorities have repeatedly called for reducing the rhetoric about the possibility of a nuclear war, recalling the consensus with Moscow that neither side can win such a war. The American military department stressed that it does not intend to “sabre-rattling.” The White House has tacitly formed a team to develop a plan in case Russia uses nuclear weapons, wrote The New York Times.
The Kremlin also spoke of the reluctance to use nuclear weapons, indicating that any outcome of hostilities in Ukraine would not be reason for using it. “We have a concept of national security, it is in the public domain, you can read all the reasons why nuclear weapons can be used. That is, if there is a threat to the existence of the country, then it can be used in accordance with our concept, — explained the representative of the President Dmitry Peskov.
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Politician, President of Belarus
August 30, 1954
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