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Putin seeks to involve Belarus in Russia's nuclear drills

Putin seeks to involve Belarus in Russia's nuclear drills Photo: Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin (
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he plans to discuss security issues and the second phase of Russia's nuclear exercises with the Belarusian military with Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, TASS reports.

Putin said that before leaving for Minsk, he had discussed all areas of cooperation with Belarus with the Russian government.

Russian nuclear exercises

On May 21, the Russian Federation launched the first stage of exercises on the use of non-strategic nuclear weapons. The military will use Iskander systems and Kinzhal missiles.

Putin ordered the Russian Defense Ministry to conduct these exercises allegedly because of the West's statements about its readiness to send troops to Ukraine.

What is the real Russian goal and is there a risk of nuclear escalation - read in RBC-Ukraine report.

In early April, Lukashenko said that Belarus does not want to fight but is preparing for it. The country continues to train relevant units and more.