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Ukraine has called on the United Nations to take action against the planned deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus.
The country's President, Volodymyr Zelensky, said the move was a threat to international peace and security. He also said it would have serious implications for the security of Ukraine, which shares a border with Belarus.
“We call on the United Nations to take urgent action to prevent the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus,” Zelensky said in a statement.
The announcement follows reports that the Belarusian government has been in negotiations with Russia to purchase nuclear weapons. Belarus is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the deployment of nuclear weapons in the country would be a violation of international law.
The move has been widely condemned by the international community, with the United States, European Union and NATO all expressing their opposition.
The deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus would also have a destabilizing effect on the region, as it would likely lead to an arms race between Belarus and its neighbors.
Ukraine has urged the UN to take action to prevent the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus and to ensure the country's compliance with international law.
The UN Security Council is expected to discuss the issue at its meeting later this week. It is expected to adopt a resolution condemning the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus, and calling on the country to abide by international law.
The crisis in Belarus has been ongoing since President Alexander Lukashenko assumed power in 1994. He has been accused of widespread human rights abuses and the country is currently facing international sanctions.
Ukraine's call for action from the UN highlights the severity of the situation in Belarus and the potential risks posed by the deployment of nuclear weapons. It remains to be seen how the international community will respond.