Nuclear missiles said to be “more powerful than an atomic bomb” have today arrived in Belarus.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has issued a chilling warning that their focus “won’t hesitate to use them” against Russia’s enemies.
Lukashenko claims that the Iskander missiles, delivered yesterday by Russia, are three times deadlier than the atomic bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
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It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that if World War Three broke out, there would be “no winners”.
According to The Sun, the addition of nuclear weapons to Belarus provides Russia with an advantage, as they can now strike within NATO territories.
Lukashenko told Belarusian state television: "God forbid I have to make a decision to use those weapons today, but there would be no hesitation if we face an aggression."
Putin said: "The United States pretends not to be afraid of an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, but sane people there clearly do not want to take this to a Third World War.
"In the event of a Third World War, there will be no winners, including America."
According to experts, the Iskander missiles are designed to hit targets from shorter distances – a range of just over 300 miles – with intense power and speeds of up to 5,800mph.
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Last week the Russian leader said that they will continue to deploy missiles in Belarus once special storage facilities to house them were made ready.
Lukashenko also said Belarus has facilities to host long-range nuclear missiles if it's ever "needed" by Russia.
He said: "I believe no one would be willing to fight a country that has those weapons. Those are weapons of deterrence.
"We have always been a target… They (the West) have wanted to tear us to pieces since 2020. No one has so far fought against a nuclear country, a country that has nuclear weapons."
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Putin and his pal Lukashenko have repeatedly criticised the West, with Putin bragging yesterday about how easy Western tanks are to destroy.
He said: "They burn nicely, as we expected. Ammunition detonates inside, and pieces fly off in different directions."
Russia’s forces first used Iskander missile system in combat against Georgia in 2008, with a non-nuclear head.
Russia has routinely deployed the Iskander to Kaliningrad, where the weapon could target NATO forces in Poland, the Baltic States, and Sweden.
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