Lukashenko is in critical condition in a hospital in Moscow?

Putin during Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's recent visit to Moscow / Photo: EPA-EFE / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / KREMLIN POOL / SPUTNIK

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is in a critical state of health and was urgently admitted to the hospital. This was announced on Twitter by his opponent Valery Tsepkalo, a former candidate for the president of the country and a former ambassador to the United States.

"According to preliminary information, subject to additional confirmation, Lukashenko was urgently transferred to the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow after his meeting with Putin behind closed doors," Tsepkalo wrote on his Twitter account. According to him, the Belarusian leader underwent blood purification procedures.

"At the moment he remains there under medical care." Leading specialists have been mobilized to deal with his critical condition. Blood purification procedures have been carried out and Lukashenko's condition is considered non-transmissible," adds the former ambassador to the United States.

"The orchestrated effort to save the Belarusian dictator was aimed at dispelling speculation about the Kremlin's alleged involvement in his poisoning," he wrote, quoted by "24 Chasa."

The information comes after Russia and Belarus signed an agreement on Thursday that formalizes Moscow's deployment of tactical nuclear weapons on its ally's territory, although control of the weapons remains with the Kremlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the deployment of shorter-range weapons to Belarus earlier this year, a move widely seen as a warning to the West as he increased military support for Ukraine.

It was not announced when the weapons would be deployed, but Putin said construction of storage facilities for them in Belarus would be completed by July 1.

It is also unclear how many nuclear weapons will be stored in Belarus. The US government estimates that Russia has about 2.000 tactical nuclear weapons. These include bombs that can be carried by aircraft, warheads for short-range missiles and artillery shells.

Tactical nuclear weapons are designed to destroy enemy troops and weapons on the battlefield. They have a relatively short range and far less capacity than nuclear warheads mounted on long-range strategic missiles capable of destroying entire cities.

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