© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: European Union Excessive Consultant for International Affairs and Safety Coverage Josep Borrell attends a press convention with Sweden’s International Minister Tobias Billstrom (not pictured) on the day of an EU Indo-Pacific Ministerial Discussion board in connection
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union on Friday condemned an settlement between Russia and Belarus to permit the deployment of Russian nuclear warheads in Belarus.
“This can be a step which can result in additional extraordinarily harmful escalation,” EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell stated in a press release.
Russia moved forward on Thursday with its plan to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, whose chief stated the warheads have been already on the transfer. The plan was introduced by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March.
On Thursday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu stated he was signing paperwork in Minsk on the method for storing such weapons in Belarus.
Borrell stated the choice contravened a number of worldwide agreements.
“We name on Russia to abide by these commitments,” he stated.
“The Belarusian regime is an confederate in Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked battle of aggression towards Ukraine,” Borrell added.
“We name on Belarusian authorities to place an instantaneous finish to their assist of Russia’s battle of aggression towards Ukraine, and reverse choices that may solely contribute to heightening tensions within the area, and undermine Belarus’ sovereignty.”
He stated any try “to additional escalate the scenario shall be met by a robust and coordinated response”.