Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has assured that Russia has no intentions of deploying nuclear weapons in foreign nations. During a press conference following the BRICS Sherpas and Sous-Sherpas meeting, Ryabkov reiterated Moscow's commitment to avoiding the deployment of nuclear weapons in countries beyond existing stations in Belarus.
This announcement comes as a part of Russia's responsible approach to international affairs. Ryabkov clarified that Moscow had stationed tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus to counter what they perceive as "the increasingly aggressive and threatening activities of the North Atlantic Alliance."
In a move aligned with strategic considerations, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in March of the previous year, had disclosed that Russia would deploy its tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus upon the request of Minsk. This decision mirrors the actions of the United States, which has historically stationed such weapons on the territories of its allies.
(With Agency Inputs)