[뉴스프라임] Russian nuclear weapons transfer to Belarus begins… escalation
As Russia reinforces airstrikes against Ukraine again, it seems that the pro-Russian-pro-Western confrontation front is also expanding.
Russia has started moving tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus, which can be said to be NATO’s front yard, and Western support for F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine seems to be running out.
Let’s talk with former Ambassador Park No-byeok, who served as ambassador to Ukraine and Russia.
The defense ministers of Russia and Belarus signed an agreement on the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, and the Belarusian president said that the deployment has already begun. First of all, I think we need to look at the geographical characteristics of Belarus as it borders NATO member countries?
Should Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons be read as a warning message while Western aid is pouring into Ukraine, such as the US hinting that it can provide F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine?
Russia is claiming that it was attacked by Ukrainian forces both on the mainland and in occupied territories. Could this be a sign of a counterattack from Ukraine?
The head of the Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary company, announced that it would withdraw from Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine and hand over the area to the Russian regular army. There is also an analysis that the war is facing a new phase due to the replacement of troops in Russia.
There are many observations about the identity of the armed forces recently engaged in a battle with the Russian army in the Belgorod region in western Russia, which shares the border with Ukraine. A militia made up of Russians dissatisfied with the Putin regime is also being pointed out. How do you view it?
It is known that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States asked Ukraine not to use US military equipment in Russia after allegations surfaced that weapons supplied by the US to Ukraine were used in a recent skirmish on the Russian mainland. Are you concerned about escalation?
Foreign media reported that US intelligence authorities believe that the drone attack on the Kremlin in Moscow earlier this month was a secret operation by the Ukrainian security forces. Didn’t you doubt the possibility that it was a Russian self-made play to use as an excuse to escalate the war? Why did you change?
The Russian ambassador to North Korea refuted the allegation that North Korea provided ammunition to Russia, which is suffering from an arms shortage due to the war in Ukraine. It is an argument that it makes no sense for North Korea to export its weapons stockpiled for emergency use to a third country in a dangerous situation where a military conflict may occur on the Korean Peninsula. What do you think?
President Zelensky emphasizes speed and urges support for fast F-16 fighter jets.
Foreign media reported that South Korea is transferring shells to the US through secret agreements, and the US is preparing to send them to Ukraine in turn. The government drew the line, but some interpret that the answer of Cho Tae-yong, chief of the National Security Office, “I will review the situation later after seeing the war situation,” to a question about whether to support Ukraine ammunition earlier, leaving the possibility open?
When arms support to Ukraine becomes a reality, what worries you the most is the opposition from Russia?
Regarding Japanese media reports that President Yoon is coordinating his participation in the NATO summit in July, and there is a high possibility that he will visit Ukraine before or after this schedule, the President’s office said, “There are no plans at all.” Is this speculation made because Lithuania, where the NATO summit will be held, is near Ukraine?
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