Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin announced this evening in Moscow, that Russia will be providing modern missiles to Belarus. Such missiles will be capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
President Putin also claimed that, according to Russian Covert Intelligence, America has prepared 257 planes in Europe for possible use of nuclear weapons. Clearly those planes are meant to hit Russia.
He went on to say that this is one, non-Diplomatic step in response to the European Embargo against the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
Specifically, Putin stated:
- Russia will upgrade Belarus aircraft to carry nuclear weapons.
- Russia will provide Belarus with Iskander-M missile systems (they can carry either conventional, or nuclear warhead).
- Russia will train Belarus to use nuclear weapons.
For his part, the President of Belarus added today "The policy pursued by our neighbors from Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia is causing us concern."
To that, Putin responded "the new missiles will be installed within months."
(HT REMARK: Spreading-out the potential targets for NATO?)
More details as they become available.
UPDATE 4:23 PM EDT --
The Ukrainian Army is reporting missiles have been fired from BELARUS into Ukraine's Chernigiv border region