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Putin aims to enable Belarus air force to carry nuclear weapons

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shake hands during their meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 25, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shake hands during their meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 25, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin offers to upgrade Belarus’ warplanes to make them capable of carrying nuclear weapons, amid soaring tensions with the West over Ukraine.

“Many Su-25 [aircrafts] are in service with the Belarusian military. They could be upgraded in an appropriate way. This modernization should be carried out in aircraft factories in Russia and the training of personnel should start in accordance with this,” Putin says after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko asked him to “adapt” the planes in a televised interview.

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