MINSK, 21 July (BelTA) – All nuclear weapons in the world should be destroyed, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Minsk on 21 July, BelTA has learned.
“I am absolutely opposed to nuclear weapons. They must be completely destroyed around the world. And the world will become a safer place then. Today, in addition to nuclear weapons, there are also biological weapons (you see what is happening), cyber weapons. You know, this is even worse than nuclear weapons. Therefore, we [Belarus] do not need nuclear weapons,” the head of state said.
At the same time, he drew attention to the fact that NATO members in Europe are training on aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons. “Well, why shouldn't we prepare for this? So we agreed that we will upgrade our aircraft so that they can carry nuclear weapons. But we can do it on our own. We have aircraft factories that are capable of re-equipping aircraft using Russian technologies. It is not difficult at all. As the military told me, it is a matter of a few months. Yet, as you have heard, Putin said that they could help us. And we will train. Once you, NATO members, Americans, stop doing this, we will not do it either. We do not need it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“We don't want to be a battlefield where you will clash with Russia. It has always been like that. World War I, World War II. It has always been like that. We don't want this,” the Belarusian leader added.