Germany described Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that Russia will station nuclear weapons in Belarus as “irresponsible“ and “escalatory," APA reports citing CNN.
German Foreign Office spokesperson Andrea Sasse said the announcement was a “further attempt at nuclear intimidation from Russia."
“We consider this rhetoric irresponsible and expressly reject it,“ Sasse said. “We will, of course, not be swayed in our course of supporting Ukraine in its self-defence.”
At the same news conference, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said the announcement is “always also part of a propagandistic approach.”
“These are escalatory steps that are now being continued by the Russian side, at least rhetorically," he said. "The cause, the responsibility for this conflict lies solely in Moscow."