After the Russian president announced Vladimir Putin That he will deploy “tactical” nuclear weapons in Belarus, Ukraine demanded, on Sunday, an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Kiev “awaits effective measures by the United Kingdom, China, the United States and France to confront the nuclear blackmail practiced by the Kremlin,” as it described it.
She also added, “We demand that an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council be held immediately for this purpose,” according to AFP.
As of July
It is noteworthy that Putin had announced, on Saturday, that Moscow had agreed with Minsk to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory, explaining that the necessary bunker for these weapons is under construction, and will be ready as of next July.
He also stressed that the reason for this step is due to Britain’s announcement of its intention to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium ammunition, pointing out that Belarus has long requested the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons on its territory.
“The response will be terrible.”
Referred to as the head Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Putin’s ally, had confirmed in previous statements that “if London supplies Kiev with uranium, it will give it real uranium,” as he put it.
He also considered, in statements a few days ago, that as soon as the British ammunition exploded in the positions of the Russian forces, “the response will be terrible, and a lesson for the entire planet.”
The “uranium” debate
Lukashenko’s statements came after the “uranium” debate flared up last week when the British Secretary of State for Defense, Annabel Goldie, stated that her country was seeking to transfer uranium ammunition to Kiev, as part of its efforts to provide “Challenger 2” combat tanks and “armor-piercing missiles.”
Depleted uranium is usually used in ammunition designed to penetrate armor, because it becomes sharper upon impact with the target, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. It is also “less radioactive than natural uranium”!