2022-09-27

Putin promised to transfer Iskander-M missile systems to Minsk

The President noted that the complexes can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, “both in conventional and nuclear versions”

Loading the Iskander-M missile system

Russia will supply Iskander-M complexes to Minsk in the coming months, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in St. Petersburg.

"As we agreed— you raised the question about it, — we have made a decision. Within the next few months, we will hand over to Belarus the Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both in conventional and nuclear versions,— said the Russian President.

«Iskander»— a family of Russian operational-tactical missile systems (OTRK), which were developed by the Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering. These 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.

Lukashenka also asked Putin to help convert Belarusian Su-25 aircraft to be equipped with nuclear warheads, to which Putin replied with a proposal to re-equip them in Russia.

According to the Russian president, 200 tactical nuclear warheads are stored in European countries, and 257 aircraft have been prepared for their possible use. “You said that it would be possible to answer in a mirror way, but we should not even answer in a mirror way. Not necessary. But I completely agree with you that we are obliged to take care of the unconditional provision of our security, the security of the Union State, and perhaps other CSTO countries,” — Putin emphasized.

About the desire to receive from Russia several divisions of operational-tactical missile systems “Iskander” Lukashenko said in November last year. In May, the Belarusian president announced the purchase of a sufficient number of Iskander missile systems from Russia. and S-400.

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“We agreed with Putin. We bought from you the number of these Iskanders, S-400s we needed, and armed our army. Now it is a completely different army with such weapons. At the very least, the unacceptable damage this weapon can cause is colossal,— Lukashenka said then.

In early February, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that combat crews of the S-400 air defense system took up combat duty at a training ground in the Brest region during an inspection of the reaction forces of the Union State. Exercise “Allied Resolve 2022” began on February 10 and lasted ten days. NATO suggested that the joint exercises of Russia and Belarus could be a disguise for organizing an invasion of Ukraine. Moscow repeatedly rejected “invasion” plans; Russia to Ukraine.

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