MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) - Belarus is ready to deploy nuclear weapons if under the threat from NATO, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said in an interview with RT Arabic TV Channel on 18 December, BelTA has learned.
Vladimir Makei noted that NATO has approached the Belarusian borders and significantly increased the military activity and the number of military exercises near the border.
"What President Aleksandr Lukashenko said - that Belarus is considering deploying nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus - is one of the possible responses to future possible actions by the North Atlantic Alliance on the territory of Poland," the minister stressed.
The minister also noted that NATO is now creating a certain foothold against Russia in Ukraine. "We see that the number of US and NATO troops on the territory of Ukraine is increasing," he said. The minister added that what is happening in Ukraine is used by the North Atlantic Alliance to build up capabilities in the region.