Moscow, 25 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Officials in Moscow and Minsk say the last remaining Soviet-era nuclear warheads in Belarus have been shipped to Russia.
Belarus had agreed to the removal of the nuclear missiles by the end of the year. President Alyaksandr Lukashenka recently raised the possibility of stopping the withdrawal because of NATO's planned eastward expansion.
The withdrawal was completed shortly after meetings Saturday between Belarusian officials and a Russian delegation led by Prime
Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin.
Colonel General Viktor Yesin, head of the Russian strategic rocket
roops, told the Interfax news agency that the withdrawal was
In the Belarusian capital, Pavel Daneiko, a member of
Parliament's foreign affairs committee, said the last missile was
sent out Friday.
Belarus, along with Russia, Ukraine and Kazakstan, inherited
part of the Soviet nuclear arsenal when the Soviet Union collapsed
Kazakstan and Ukraine already have sent their weapons to Russia
to be dismantled.