China reacts to Russia's plans to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus and talks about "strategic risks"

Olga GanyukovaLife
Wars between states with nuclear weapons should be avoided

China commented on Russia's plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. It called for "diplomatic efforts".

This statement was made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning. It was reported by the Sohu news agency.

"In the current situation, the relevant parties should focus diplomatic efforts on a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis and join forces to end tensions," Mao Ning told reporters.

She also spoke of "strategic risks" in the context of the use of nuclear weapons.

In addition, Mao recalled that in January 2022, the five nuclear powers issued a joint statement on the prevention of nuclear war.

"The statement said that wars between states with nuclear weapons should be avoided and strategic risks should be reduced," the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman added.

Recall that on March 25, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin said that Russia would complete the construction of a tactical nuclear weapons storage facility in Belarus on July 1. According to him, the reason for this step was Britain's statement about supplying Ukraine with depleted uranium ammunition.

In fact, depleted uranium has nothing to do with nuclear weapons, and self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said in August 2022 that the Belarusian army was preparing to use Russian nuclear weapons.

Earlier, the US Institute for the Study of War said that dictator Putin's threats to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus had nothing to do with the risk of a nuclear war. This risk remains very low.

As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the European Union is sceptical about the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons. In particular, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell believes that after Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow, the likelihood of a nuclear war has decreased, as Xi made it clear to Putin that nuclear weapons should not be used.

By the way, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) condemned Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's statement about the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus. ICAN noted that Europe cannot be safe as long as Russia has such weapons.

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