Press Secretary of the President of Russia Peskov: Putin did not talk about the transfer of nuclear missiles to Minsk Putin spoke to Lukashenko about complexes that are capable of carrying various types of weapons, Peskov said Earlier, the G7 expressed “deep concern” that Russia could transfer “nuclear-capable missiles” to Belarus
Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko
Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, did not talk about the transfer of missiles with nuclear weapons to Minsk, RIA Novosti said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“The president didn’t talk about it. He spoke about complexes that are technically capable of carrying different types of weapons, & mdash; said Peskov.
Negotiations between Putin and Lukashenko were held on June 25 in St. Petersburg. At the meeting, the Russian president announced that Moscow would grant Minsk's request and hand over the Iskander-M missile systems to it. These complexes, as Putin noted, “can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both in conventional and nuclear versions.”
“Iskanders” developed by the Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering. The complexes are designed to destroy enemy air defense and missile defense systems, as well as objects they cover, at a distance of up to 500 km.
After Putin's statement in the G7 (groups UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan) expressed “deep concern” the fact that Russia can transfer “missiles with nuclear potential” to Belarus.
“We reiterate our condemnation of Russia's unjustified use of rhetoric and signals related to nuclear weapons. Russia must adhere to its international obligations, including those that prohibit the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons,” — G7 leaders said in a joint statement. They urged Russia to “behave responsibly and exercise restraint”, noting that the use of such weapons would be “unacceptable and entail serious consequences.”
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