Belarus Leader Lukashenko Hints at Nuclear Strikes From Belarusian Planes
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Friday that his country’s aircraft are capable of carrying Russian nuclear weapons – a statement seen widely as explicit support for the Kremlin’s war efforts and against the allied support of NATO countries to Ukraine.
The statement referred to Belarus’ Su024 aircraft which were recently converted to carry Russian nuclear weapons, and comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin promises to increase the nation’s military personnel by 137,000.
Speaking to reporters in Minsk, Lukasheko warned Western countries that neither helicopters nor planes will help if they seek “escalation” – an implied threat of nuclear attacks on NATO countries.
“We, along with Putin, said once in St. Petersburg that we will adapt the Belarusian Su [-24] planes as well to make them capable to carry nuclear arms. Do you think we were just yakking? Everything is ready!” the Belarusian leader said.