ST PETERSBURG, 7 October (BelTA) - Belarus and Russia will think about how to respond to a threat of Poland's possible hosting of nuclear weapons, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told the media on his arrival at the informal CIS summit in St. Petersburg on 7 October, BelTA has learned.
One of the questions addressed to the president was about the security of the western borders of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in the current international situation.
“You have heard their recent statements about sharing nuclear weapons with Poland. We will think it over. We have already discussed it, but we will think again how to respond. Do not worry, everything will be all right,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
The Belarusian president stressed the need to take measures in case of the deployment of nuclear weapons in Poland as he spoke at a government meeting to discuss economic matters in Minsk on 6 October.
“Yesterday [Poland's President Andrzej] Duda said this. This issue has already been looked into. We discussed it with Putin when we were talking about the planes for nuclear weapons. They agreed with the United States long time ago that the arsenals of nuclear weapons will be based in Poland. What does this mean? This means that we are facing a real attack with tactical nuclear weapons. We have to take measures,” he said.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said in an interview on 5 October that his country would not mind joining the NATO nuclear sharing program. He has already discussed this topic with the U.S. authorities. The question of the possible deployment of nuclear weapons in Poland remains open.