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Vladimir Putin seems to be inching us all closer to World War Three after it was revealed he is moving nuclear weapons to Belarus, which borders Ukraine to the north.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko – Mad Vlad's closest ally in his "special military operation" in Ukraine – announced Russian nukes were coming his way on Thursday (May 25).
The announcement came after Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu met with his Belarusian counterpart Viktor Khrenin in Minsk to sign documents confirming the agreement.
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The pact will see Russia deploy tactical nuclear weapons on foreign soil for the first time since 1991. Kremlin military chiefs will remain in charge of the nukes.
"We had to prepare storage facilities and the rest over there [in Belarus]. We’ve done all of that. This is why the relocation of nuclear munitions began," Lukashenko said at the Eurasian Economic Forum in Moscow.
When asked if the nukes were already in his country (which shares a 674-mile border with Ukraine) he replied: "Maybe. I will go and take a look."
As well as Ukraine, Belarus borders three NATO countries. Russia's weapons will be able to reach several capital cities across Europe from Belarus.
The Kremlin defended the move, again repeating one of Putin's favourite lines and accusing Western powers supporting Ukraine of provocation.
US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller condemned the agreement.
He said: "It's the latest example of irresponsible behaviour that we have seen from Russia since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine over a year ago."
He added: "We have seen no reason to adjust our strategic nuclear posture or any indications that Russia is preparing to use a nuclear weapon."
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