EU warns Belarus opening door to Russian nukes after vote

The European Union has warned that Belarus could start hosting Russian nuclear weapons after a “very dangerous” decision at a referendum to drop the country’s non-nuclear status.

“We know what does it mean for Belarus to be nuclear.  It means that Russia will put nuclear weapons in Belarus, and this is a very dangerous path,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday.

The move by Belarus came as the country was being condemned internationally for being used as a launchpad by Russian forces to attack neighboring Ukraine.

Borrell slammed the “fake referendum” on constitutional changes.  The amendments allow the country to host nuclear weapons and Russian forces permanently.  It also extended the rule of leader Alexander Lukashenko.