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21 June

“Both Lukashenko and Putin Not Threatening World With Nuclear Arms.” Fact-Checking MP Gaidukevich’s Claim

The Weekly Top Fake team collected Lukashenko’s and Putin’s statements on this very topic.

Both Vladimir Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenko are not proponents of war with the use of nuclear weapons. Such a messege was delivered by Belarus’s MP Oleg Gaidukevich on the air of Belarus state-run TV ONT. The Weekly Top Fake team found evidence to the contrary.

On June 12, 2024, during the ‘ObjectivNo’ program, MP Oleg Gaidukevich spoke about the peaceful nature of Vladimir Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenko:

“What I appreciate is this. Look at Putin and Lukashenko; there's no nuclear rhetoric from either of them. They’re not hysterical like some European leaders, they are carefully approaching this issue. How many times have Putin and Lukashenko together, in sync, emphasized: ‘Guys, why are you raising these nuclear issues? We're not going to do this, we don't want to’.”

The Weekly Top Fake team collected Lukashenko’s and Putin’s statements on this very topic.

Lukashenko said, “The only reason for use [of nuclear weapons] would be aggression against our Belarus. And this would be an immediate decision,” on June 14, 2023.

Here’s another quote from him, from a May 9, 2024 post on the Telegram channel Pul Pervogo: “We’re not planning to attack anyone. But everyone should understand that we’re not afraid to use [nuclear weapons].”

Vladimir Putin has made statements such as: “Russia’s response will be immediate, leading you to consequences that you have never faced in your history.”

And another one of Putin’s statements: “Our response... will be lightning-fast. We have all the tools for this, that no one else can boast of having. We won't boast about it: we'll use them if needed.”

Finally, the last quote from the Russian president refuting Gaidukevich’s statement: “I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for separate components and more modern than those of Nato countries and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal. This is not a bluff.”

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