Russia has signed an agreement to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.
Moscow and Minsk have signed an agreement to regularize the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear missiles on Belarusian soil.
Russia said on Thursday that the move was prompted by rising tensions with the West.
Russia’s official news agency TASS quoted Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying "In the context of the extremely rapid increase in threats on the western borders of Russia and Belarus, it has been decided to take countermeasures in the military nuclear field.”
The deployment of the missiles was first announced by President Vladimir Putin in March.
Since invading Ukraine last year, Putin has repeatedly said that Russia is his "It is prepared to use nuclear weapons if necessary to defend “territorial integrity”.