Against NATO's new enlargement steps and increased weapons aid to Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to deploy tactical nuclear weapons to his ally, Belarus. After this situation, the tension between the West and Russia escalated even more.
Reacting to this decision, the US made another statement today. "We continue to monitor developments closely and still haven't seen anything that would cause us to change our strategic stance on nuclear deterrence," said John Kirby, Strategic Communications Coordinator for the White House National Security Council. Regarding the news that Russia and Iran are planning to develop cooperation in the field of cyber warfare, Kirby commented "It is worrying".
The United Nations (UN) Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, said at the daily press conference that the escalating tensions regarding nuclear weapons are worrying. Stating that the nuclear risks are very high, Dujarric emphasized that all kinds of miscalculations or actions that will increase tension should be avoided. Dujarric said, "All member states must comply with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. They must fulfill the responsibilities and obligations of the Treaty." Regarding Ukraine's call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Dujarric shared the information that the meeting will take place this week.
The Russian wing did not remain silent on this situation. Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said, "President Putin made the necessary statement last Saturday. Western threats will not change our plans to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus."
Referring to the problems they have with western countries regarding the investigations of the attacks on the Nord Stream oil pipelines, Peskov said: "Western countries are trying very hard to cover up this issue and put it off the agenda. However, Russia will hinder these efforts."