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Russia and Belarus start second stage of tactical nuclear drills, ministry says

Reuters WORLD
Published June 11,2024
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shake hands during their meeting at the Palace of Independence in Minsk, Belarus, 24 May 2024. (EPA File Photo)

Russian and Belarusian troops have started the second stage of tactical nuclear drills in Russia, Russia's defence ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry said the drills were aimed at ensuring that the two countries' military personnel and equipment were ready to protect their sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"During the exercise, issues of joint training of units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus for the combat use of non-strategic nuclear weapons will be worked out," the defence ministry said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin last month ordered his military to practise the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons after what Moscow said were threats from France, Britain and the United States.