The president of BELARUS has asked Russia to hand over NUKES to be deployed in the south and west of the country as fears of war increase.
President Alexander Lukashenko – Europe’s last dictator – made the remarks as the migrant crisis rages on the country’s border with Poland, with tensions between Warsaw and Minsk reaching boiling point.
Russia is a close ally of Belarus, which the European Union has accused of organizing a crisis on its border by flying thousands of migrants and forcing them to try to cross Poland illegally.
Brussels is preparing to sanction Minsk.
Lukashenko told Russian defense magazine National Defense that he needs nuclear-capable Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems, which have a range of up to 500 kilometers and can carry conventional or nuclear warheads.
“I need several divisions in the west and south, leave them alone (there),” he said.
EU members Poland and Lithuania are located west of Belarus. Its south borders Ukraine.
Lukashenko gave no indication as to whether he had had talks with Moscow to receive the missile system.
The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Belarus and Russia formally form part of a “trade union state” and have been in talks for years to get closer.
It comes as the dispute between Poland and Belarus intensifies.
Last night, Belarusian troops broke through the border fence and prevented Polish soldiers from rebuilding it as they were blinded by lasers and strobes.
Belarusian forces also armed migrants with tear gas to be used against Polish forces once they crossed the border by order of President Lukashenko.
International tension is mounting due to the crisis, with Belarusian neighbors warning that the situation could escalate into a military conflict.
Belarus said on Saturday that the number of migrants arriving in a makeshift camp at the border is growing every day and that a group of up to 100 have entered Polish territory.
Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski estimated that around 1,500 people were camped at the border.
But the European Union has accused Belarus of instigating the crisis in an attempt to put pressure on the blockade for sanctions.
Minsk denies this and on Saturday Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally of Lukashenko, said Western countries are responsible for the crisis.
However, some migrants claimed that Belarusian forces helped them cross the border.
On Saturday, the Polish army released footage showing a group of around 50 migrants being escorted across the border by Belarusian forces.
The Polish border guard said Belarusian soldiers pulled down a section of the temporary border fence.
In Lithuania, border guard officials released footage showing 70 migrants who, according to them, were brought to the country’s border by Belarusian officials in trucks.
Poland, Austria, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have asked international aid agencies to organize humanitarian and medical assistance in Belarus to “avoid tragedy and prevent (a) humanitarian crises” at the Polish border.
FEARS OF WAR
Polish police said on Saturday that the body of a young Syrian was found in Poland near the border with Belarus.
Thousands of migrants from the Middle East are taking refuge in freezing conditions on the border between Belarus and the EU states of Poland and Lithuania, who refuse to let them cross.
At least eight of them have already died and fears for the safety of others are growing due to the harsh winter conditions.
“A forest worker informed police that a young man’s body was found,” Podlaska police spokesman Tomasz Krupa told Reuters, adding that the man’s body and passport were found on Friday.
“He is a young Syrian in his 20s,” Krupa said.
“The cause of death at the scene could not be determined,” he added.
In the meantime, it is reported Russia could rely on a blitzkrieg-style assault to make its way through Ukraine Before the West can react, Vladimir Putin should decide to invade.
Top British General Nick Carter warned that the possibility of an “accidental” war with Russia is now the highest in decades.
And in the meantime, Whitehall officials have been described as worried and nervous about the troubling information emerging from the East.
Russia has always insisted that it means no harm to Ukraine, but the US has warned Putin to reconsider making a “grave mistake”.
Putin has long been accused of plotting to seize more territory from Ukraine after Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014.
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