Despite President Vladimir Putin’s announcement over the weekend about his intention to deploy nuclear weapons to Belarus, the United States says there are no indications of any such transfer. NATO has condemned Putin’s announcement, calling it “dangerous and irresponsible” rhetoric. The head of EU’s foreign policy, Josep Borrell, has also criticized the move and warned Belarus about the danger of harboring Russian nuclear weapons, stating that the community bloc is prepared to apply new sanctions. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Putin, has been allowing Russia to use his country as a base for sending troops to Ukraine. Russia claims that its plan to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus is in response to growing Western military support for Ukraine, and points out that the US has nuclear weapons in various European countries. However, Ukraine has demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. It remains to be seen how this situation will develop and whether Belarus will allow Russian nuclear weapons on its territory.