The statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the transfer of Iskander-M missile systems to Belarus sends a signal to NATO that Moscow is ready to cover its allies with its nuclear forces. Columnist Debalina Ghoshal writes about this in an article for the National Interest magazine.
“Russia’s desire to transfer missile systems capable of carrying nuclear weapons to Belarus is a signal that Moscow, like NATO, can cover its allies with its nuclear umbrella,” notes journalist.
The transfer of the Iskander-M complexes is beneficial to both Russia and Belarus, the author of the article believes. Long-range systems will give Belarus the ability to better deter NATO countries.