Bolton Says Putin Should Be Taken Seriously About Nuclear Plans

( – Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a CNN “This Morning” Monday interview that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin should be taken seriously about his plans of moving nuclear weapons into Belarus, as the Russian invasion against Ukraine starts its second year without significant progress nor achievements for Moscow.

In the interview, Bolton explained that while Putin has been “bluffing” in previous opportunities about a nuclear escalation, “he may not be bluffing here,” considering that the Russian leader could actually move these nuclear weapons to Belarus, which has been one of Russia’s main allies during the invasion. In addition, Bolton explained that this situation opens the possibility that Russia could eventually absorb Belarus, which used to be part of the Soviet Union. He said this is a dangerous possibility that the world is not paying attention to.

Despite this situation, Bolton said that the possibility of moving nuclear weapons to Belarus doesn’t break the balance since Russia already has all types of military equipment -including nuclear- in Kaliningrad. He also noted that missiles were already present in this Russian province, which represents a clear violation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, an arms control agreement that Russia and the United States created during the Cold War.

Over the weekend, Putin said that the nuclear weapons in Belarus wouldn’t represent any type of violation of the numerous international nonproliferation agreements, as he claimed that Moscow would retain full control of these weapons. He also announced that, by July 1st, Russian officials will finish the construction of a storage facility for this nuclear equipment, pointing out that Russia has already stationed in Belarus 10 aircraft that can transport these types of weapons.

During a Sunday interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that the Biden administration hasn’t seen any evidence that Russia has moved any type of nuclear equipment to another nation.

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