VIDEO | Andonovic: If NATO can use Poland, CSTO can also use Belarus
Belarus has said that military cooperation between Minsk and Moscow takes place strictly in accordance with international law and that the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons on the country's territory without handing over control to Minsk does not contradict the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
– The training of Belarusian pilots who know how to fly aircraft with specific ammunition, modernization of such aircraft, as well as deployment of nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus without handing over control of these weapons to Minsk, as well as access to appropriate technologies, in no case is in violation of points 1 and 2 of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons - the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus states.
It is also added that this is not a novelty in the field of military cooperation between non-nuclear and nuclear states.
"The practice of "joint nuclear missions" has existed for a long time in NATO, the aircraft of the member countries of the Alliance are certified for flights with nuclear weapons, training of pilots for such "missions" is carried out, and joint exercises are held - he argued the cooperation with Russia the Belarusian government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said last Saturday that Moscow and Minsk had agreed to deploy Russian tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus, a decision that increased nuclear tensions between Russia and the West.
The deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus is interpreted by the West as Minsk's direct involvement in the war in Ukraine and confrontations with the West.
In the last year after the war in Ukraine, the government in Minsk and President Alexander Lukashenko were determined that Belarus would not interfere or cooperate in military operations in Ukraine. However, Russia has stationed a certain number of its soldiers and weapons on Belarusian territory, but Lukashenko claimed that they are not used for military operations in Ukraine, nor that the Belarusian army participates in the fighting.
On the other hand, the argument about the use of the territory of Belarus and Minsk and Moscow point to their military partnership. Namely, Belarus is one of the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization known as CSTO.
Organization for Collective Security CSTO is a regional international organization created on the territory of the former USSR, which is based on security-military cooperation. This is an area that is partially represented within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Together with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), where the Beijing-Moscow axis, together with the Central Asian states of the post-Soviet area, is building a security alliance of Eurasian significance, the CSTO represents a closer military-security alliance than important countries of the post-Soviet area.
Members of the CSTO Collective Security Organization are Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The organization is also called "Russian NATO", that is, a military alliance that should grow as a response to the North Atlantic Alliance. Hence Minsk's argument that, if NATO uses its member states like Poland to supply weapons to Ukraine, then the CSTO can use Belarus to thwart the West's intentions for its military expansion to the East.